Vortex VR, GameFace and 3D Systems join forces for new headset

Press Release: Vortex VR Partners With 3D Systems to Launch Virtual Reality Mobile Phone Case and Head Mounted Display

  • 3DS provides design and manufacturing support in 3D printing VRTX I headset, tailor-made for the LG G3 Quad HD smartphone
  • Selective Laser Sintering used to make headset ultra lightweight, highly functional and durable
  • Entire design-to-manufacturing completed in less than 30 days, demonstrating time-to-value advantages of 3D printing

ROCK HILL, S.C. — 3D Systems  announced today that it has partnered with Vortex VR, Inc., an emergent leader in virtual reality technology, and GameFace Labs, to develop the VRTX I, Vortex VR’s new virtual reality mobile phone case and head mounted display (HMD) device. The VRTX I provides stunning, high-definition VR immersion without wires and is tailor-made for the new LG G3 Quad HD smartphone.

(Image courtesy Vortex VR.)
(Image courtesy Vortex VR.)


3DS designers contributed advanced manufacturing and materials expertise in designing the VRTX I to be lightweight, highly functional and durable. The HMD devices were then 3D printed using 3DS’ advanced Selective Laser Sintering technology. By relying on 3D printing, the VRTX I team was able to complete the entire design-to-manufacturing process in less than 30 days, without the need for lead-times and costly tooling.

“This is an exciting project for 3D Systems, one that combines the power, flexibility and rapid time-to-value enabled by 3D printing with the incredible advancements in virtual reality and wearables,” said Cathy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, 3D Systems. “This will change how we design, manufacture and interact with these exponential technologies forever.”

“With our technology partners, GameFace Labs and 3D Systems, we have been able to rapidly bring to market a mobile case and device with technology that has been developed to best leverage the Android OS, along with the powerhouse of hardware within the G3,” said David Haines, Chairman and Interim CEO, Vortex, VR, Inc. “This is the mobile VR experience everyone has been waiting for.”

The VRTX I is Vortex VR, Inc.’s inaugural product. The company plans to launch additional products and services that will cover the entire VR ecosystem and value chain in the coming months.

Find out more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future at www.3dsystems.com.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future. More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com.

About Vortex VR, Inc.

Vortex VR is an emerging virtual reality technology company. The company has developed a revolutionary virtual reality (VR) smartphone device, the VRTX I, and is developing and bundling studio quality games and cinematic content for the android marketplace. Vortex HMD products feature perfectly configured optics, ergonomic designs and integrated controllers. Consumers can now use their smartphone as a virtual cinema, talk to other VRTX users in a virtual chat room, and get immersed into the virtual gaming world. For more information, please visit www.vrtx.io.

Maria Korolov