6 items that can help improve your office

Anything you do to improve the lives of your employees will spell greater productivity and happiness around the office. Living in the technology age makes it possible for you to purchase devices for your office that can lead to significant improvements to the way your employees function and to the way your business is done. The following are six must have items for your office that will have you and your employees wondering how you ever operated without them.

An Espresso Machine

Up and until now, the coffee around the office was abysmal. It was mostly instant, and it did not have enough kick to wake up a child. With a brand new espresso machine in the office, you and your employees will be able to face the day with a greater sense of wakefulness. Instead of everyone looking tired and sluggish in the morning, it will only take a few short minutes for you and your staff to gear up to hit the ground running at full steam.

External Battery Packs

Your employees may feel chained to their desks in the worse possible way. It is a common feeling in the modern computer age. By providing external battery packs to your employees, it will help them to be a little more mobile around the office. In fact, it might even be a good idea for them to take their laptop and work outside for about 15-minutes a day in the sun. Getting regular sunlight will help to improve their vitamin D levels and keep the flu rates down in your office. This one enhancement could significantly improve productivity around the office as a result.

Signal Boosters

You are trying to get your smartphone to work inside the office, and you find that, once again, the signal goes dead the moment you move slightly. It is an annoying problem that plagues many offices, but one that can be fixed by installing SureCall signal boosters. Whether you are trying to enhance the quality of your cellular or HD signals, a signal booster can make a huge difference in the quality and reliability of the signal being received inside your office.

A Quality Webcam

If you are a boss who is feeling disconnected from your employees, being shut up in your personal office most of the day, a quality webcam can help to change these feelings of disconnection. With a quality webcam, you will be able to monitor and be a part of office activities by remote. You might even finally catch who is drinking all the good coffee in the morning too.

Pneumatic Adjustable Desks

To keep your employees on their toes, nothing can help quite like a pneumatic adjustable desk. While employees get used to sitting down for hours on end, this sedentary style work situation is simply bad for their health. By installing pneumatic adjustable height desks, your employees can switch between sitting and standing at will. Not only can this help to improve their health, but it can also keep them more wakeful and improve their productivity too.

3D Printers

When time is of the essence, the last thing you want to be stuck doing is ordering a part that will not make it to your office for another two or even three weeks. This can significantly slow operations and productivity. If you had a high quality 3D printer and the digital designs for printing the parts you need, you would not need to wait for weeks on end every time you needed a part to complete an order or project. With a 3D printer, you could just print the parts you need on-site and be good to go in a much shorter amount of time than it would take to order the same part from a distributer.

Conclusion

Now that your office is enhanced with a few additional items it was not outfitted with before, you and your employees are feeling the enjoyment of possessing these must have items. Not only have they improved life around the office for everyone, but your employees are showing their appreciation by working harder than ever before. From their first cup of espresso in the morning to the pneumatic desk that helps them stay awake and alert during that late afternoon slump, you can clearly see that these must have products has made major improvements to your office and to the way your employees engage their work environment.

3D Systems (DDD) Given New $10.00 Price Target at Loop Capital

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) had its target price lowered by Loop Capital to $10.00 in a research report sent to investors on Thursday, May 3rd. The firm currently has a hold rating on the 3D printing company’s stock.

DDD has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered 3D Systems from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. ValuEngine lowered 3D Systems from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Vetr upgraded 3D Systems from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $12.44 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Piper Jaffray restated a neutral rating on shares of 3D Systems in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised their price target on 3D Systems from $11.00 to $12.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.74.

Shares of NYSE DDD traded up $0.05 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $12.67. 1,270,533 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,958,843. The company has a market capitalization of $1.44 billion, a P/E ratio of -22.23 and a beta of 1.41. 3D Systems has a one year low of $7.92 and a one year high of $23.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a current ratio of 2.02.

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 2nd. The 3D printing company reported ($0.03) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.01 by ($0.04). 3D Systems had a negative return on equity of 10.41% and a negative net margin of 11.77%. The company had revenue of $166.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $159.59 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.06 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.1% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that 3D Systems will post -0.2 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director G Walter Loewenbaum II purchased 16,475 shares of 3D Systems stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 7th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $10.12 per share, for a total transaction of $166,727.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. 5.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. LPL Financial LLC increased its position in shares of 3D Systems by 18.8% in the fourth quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 42,936 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock valued at $371,000 after buying an additional 6,789 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP purchased a new stake in shares of 3D Systems in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $4,906,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in shares of 3D Systems by 9.4% in the third quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 517,941 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock valued at $6,936,000 after buying an additional 44,686 shares in the last quarter. ArrowMark Colorado Holdings LLC increased its position in shares of 3D Systems by 86.7% during the fourth quarter. ArrowMark Colorado Holdings LLC now owns 5,807,983 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock worth $50,181,000 after purchasing an additional 2,697,683 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in shares of 3D Systems by 4.4% during the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 932,185 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock worth $8,054,000 after purchasing an additional 39,645 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 63.14% of the company’s stock.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides three-dimensional (3D) printing products and services worldwide. The company offers 3D printers, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multi jet printing, and color jet printers that transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names.

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How two of 3D printing's key players are bringing prosthetics to children

Two of engineering’s key players have joined forces with a young innovator to help get 3D printed prosthetics to children.

Major 3D printing player Stratasys has teamed with engineering group Dassault Syst̬mes and industry innovator Easton LaChappelle to form the new initiative Рdubbed Unlimited Tomorrow.

LaChappelle (pictured here with a young patient) has made the headlines in recent years for developing functional prosthetics since he was 14 – using Lego bricks, fishing wire and electrical tubing.

The new brand will make use of Stratasys’ capabilities in the research, development and production of prosthetics.

Traditional prosthetic models are often heavy, cumbersome and expensive. Developing them for children is also complicated, because many young patients will quickly outgrow models and thus require entirely new devices. Unlimited Tomorrow says its mission will be to target the ‘common pain points’ — customisation, weight and cost.

The organisation aims to build intuitive, scalable models to engineer custom devices from start to finish. Unlimited Tomorrow also taps into digital, scanning and 3D printing technologies to streamline development and reduce multiple fittings – minimising the impact to each patient.

“We view 3D printing as a catalyst for healthcare innovation to enable better patient care, streamline procedures, and improve learning. One of the most visible impacts is in creation of prosthetics. That’s why a main component of our Corporate Social Responsibility program is focused on accessibility of devices – driving true change, improving quality-of-life, and advancing recipients’ self-esteem,� said Arita Mattsoff, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Stratasys.

The new organisation has chosen Indiegogo’s platform for current equity fundraising efforts. Jonathan Cohen, chief enterprise solutions officer at Indiegogo said: “We applaud Unlimited Tomorrow for their commitment to listen to the “crowdâ€� in crowdfunding for their latest innovation. Indiegogo’s Enterprise offering will allow Unlimited Tomorrow to capture interest and validation while receiving investment from consumers.â€�

3D Systems and HII's Newport News to develop 3D metal printers

3D Systems has entered a collaborative project for the development of metal additive manufacturing technologies in order to help increase the adoption of 3D printing in the construction of US Navy warships.

The deal will see the company partner with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division to support various future qualification and certification programmes required for the implementation of advanced manufacturing technology for the navy.

“The ProX DMP 320 printer system, combined with our team’s expertise in metal 3D printing technology, will bring new, digitally enhanced geometries to Newport News Shipbuilding.”

The collaboration forms part of a major technological transformation named Digital Shipbuilding (iDS), which is currently being carried out by Newport News Shipbuilding.

3D Systems and HII will move portions of their traditional production processes to additive manufacturing under the initiative, which is expected to increase the production rate of high-accuracy parts, while ensuring a reduction in wastage and supporting significant cost savings.

3D Systems has delivered and installed the ProX DMP 320 high-performance metal additive manufacturing system at the Newport News shipyard as part of the arrangement.

Commenting on the partnership, 3D Systems Metals and Healthcare executive vice-president and general manager Kevin McAlea said: “3D Systems is pleased to play an integral role in transforming the naval shipbuilding industry.

“The ProX DMP 320 printer system, combined with our team’s expertise in metal 3D printing technology, will bring new, digitally enhanced geometries to Newport News Shipbuilding, enabling higher performing warship components and ultimately more efficient, cost-effective parts delivery to the US Navy.�

The advanced metal 3D printing machine can be used to produce three-dimensional, marine-based alloy replacement parts for castings or other fabricated parts such as valves, housings and brackets for the US Navy’s future nuclear-powered vessels.