U.S. v. 3D Systems Corporation and DTM Corporation

From: Jim Williams (JIM@paramountind.com)
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 19:12:22 EEST

To those RP'rs interested in SLS materials and information germane to our
industry: A recent 3D Systems' press release proclaimed 3D has filed suit
against one of their customers for using EOS supplied LS materials. For
those wishing to learn more about our DOJ's decision and how it may, or may
not, have impacted this action by 3D I have attached a direct link to the
DOJ's Antitrust case against 3D Systems and DTM Corp. For the entire DOJ
Antitrust Case Filing: http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/indx303a.htm


I found it applaudable and interesting that ATI (Accelerated Technologies)
had the vision to join EOS over concerns regarding LS materials. The
following is an excerpt from the DOJ's
<http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f10100/10102.htm> Plaintiff's Response to
Public Comments (02/15/2002)

(iii) LS materials monopoly
EOS is joined by Accelerated Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing and
Advanced Prototyping in asserting that, if the selected Acquirer uses SL
technology, then 3D will retain its monopoly over the sale of LS materials
in the United States. LS materials are the sinterable powders used by LS
machines. Prior to the merger of DTM and 3D, DTM was the only U.S. supplier
of LS materials. 3D succeeded to that sole supplier position through its
acquisition of DTM. The Complaint in this case sought no relief with respect
to LS materials, because the merger did not lessen competition with respect
to LS materials; rather, it left the status quo unchanged. As the comments
point out, if EOS is selected as the Acquirer, then there will be a second
supplier of LS materials in the United States, and competition will have
been created where none existed before. However, since 3D and DTM did not
compete in the provision of LS materials, those materials cannot properly be
addressed in the context of a remedy designed to resolve the competitive
harm arising out of the merger of competing RP systems firms.


Jim Williams, President and CEO
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