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This article was published on November 22, 2013

Motorola’s modular Ara smartphone just might become a reality thanks to parts deal with 3D Systems

Motorola’s modular Ara smartphone just might become a reality thanks to parts deal with 3D Systems
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Motorola’s Project Ara plan to turn the mobile market on its head by offering a modular smartphone just took one step closer to reality to today with the announcement of a deal with specialist production company 3D Systems.

The agreement, announced today, means that 3D Systems will “create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfilment system in support of Motorola’s Project Ara”.

As part of the deal, the company has also agreed to develop “multi-material printing capabilities including conductive and functional materials” so that it will be able to make all of the components required for a fully functioning, but modular, smartphone.

Once the development phase has been completed, 3D Systems is expected to remain the exclusive Motorola partner for supplying Ara smartphone covers and components.

➤ 3D Systems and Motorola Partner on Modular, Custom Smartphone

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