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From: drmicrocap12/5/2017 10:54:45 PM
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MACD and stochastic oscillator are triggering buying signal.

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From: Lynn9/14/2018 8:06:04 PM
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HP Reinvents Orthotics with Biometric Scanning and 3D Printing

September 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HP Inc. today announced a strategic alliance with Go 4-D, a 3D printed medical orthotics industry visionary, to modernize the process used to create custom orthotics.

As part of the alliance, Go 4-D will distribute FitStation powered by HP throughout the North American medical market. HP’s FitStation platform combines 3D foot scanning with dynamic gait analysis to enable both orthotic recommendations and 3D printed custom orthotics, prescribed from each person’s unique biomechanics. This will enable Go 4-D to manufacture comfortable, precise, and cost-effective custom orthotics using cutting-edge HP Jet Fusion 3D printing systems.

The North American foot orthotic insoles market is expected to grow to more than 1.7 billion U.S. dollars by 2022, according to a Statista report.

“Given their extensive experience and knowledge of the custom orthotic industry, Go 4-D and FitStation powered by HP are perfectly positioned to pioneer the digital transformation of custom 3D printed orthotics into the medical market,” said Edward Ponomarev, general manager, commercial business development and strategic partnerships, FitStation powered by HP. “FitStation is a truly transformative platform that supports HP’s journey to reinvent how the world designs and manufactures with commercial 3D technologies.”

Despite advances in technology and innovative manufacturing methods, custom orthotic manufacturing has not changed much since the 1950’s. The preferred method still in use today by the majority of North American Podiatrists, Pedorthists and Chiropodists is vacuum-forming plastic over a positive of the foot. This decades-old subjective manufacturing method, still taught in colleges, takes no dynamic measurements into the design of the device and the materials used through subtractive manufacturing limit the functional capabilities.

The FitStation platform utilizes specialized hardware and software components to capture an individual's unique 3D foot scan, dynamic gait and pressure data. This data is automatically analyzed to provide manufacturing instructions for 3D printed custom foot orthotics.

“Our goal is to provide healthcare practitioners with the ability to precisely prescribe a true custom 3D printed product for optimal biomechanical function and comfort,” said Paul Linton, Chief Executive Officer, Go 4-D. “FitStation is becoming a disruptive enabler by solving a critical need for modernizing a new era for custom orthotics used for work, sports and daily activities.”

Go 4-D Leads the Custom Orthotic Industry into the Future
The Go 4-D leadership team has decades of experience in the custom orthotic industry and understands the pitfalls of manual, subjective, error-prone manufacturing that has dominated the industry for more than five decades. Go 4-D has eliminated these errors by combining the 3D and dynamic quantitative data from FitStation, along with the practitioner’s clinical expertise. The practitioner can now design a more precise orthotic that is 3D printed with the utmost accuracy, specificity and design features that has never been possible under traditional manufacturing methods.

“There is a distressing need for custom orthotics that are made right the first time and are not thick or bulky and can fit the patients’ footwear,” said Dr. Lori Yarrow, Chief Customer Officer, Go 4-D. “We are revolutionizing the orthotic business for clinics, and HP’s FitStation platform will allow us to capture precise analytical data and manufacture an orthotic that provides precise correction in a lightweight design that fits in most shoes. This data will be used to create exciting products that will help patients’ feet function properly and alleviate pain or discomfort.”

Precise diagnostic customization is crucial to correct fitting orthotics. With biometric scanning, the foot specialist obtains exact information about the pressure and timing of each area of the foot and an exact 3D representation of the foot. This information allows for complete customization directly into the lattice shell of each orthotic. The custom 3D printed orthotic can provide segmental and directional stiffness and incorporate various additions and modifications directly into the printed product optimizing their ability to work and reduce a patient’s discomfort.

The new 3D printed custom orthotics that will be manufactured using 3D software from the Materialise Software Backbone and HP Jet Fusion 3D printing systems at Flowbuilt Manufacturing are based on the thousands of data points that precisely capture the shape and movement of each foot. The unique biomechanical lattice-design of the Go 4-D 3D printed custom orthotic allows the foot specialist to design with more precision than ever before. With 3D printing, custom orthotics offer flexibility and segmental control, exactly where the patient needs it.

About Go 4-D Inc.

Go 4-D offers a cloud-based, end-to-end ecosystem that integrates foot scanning, ordering and 3D printing predicated on evidence-based patient care. More information is available at:

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at

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To: Lynn who wrote (4343)11/6/2019 10:00:07 AM
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Xerox is planning a cash-and-stock offer for HP, sources say

Published Wed, Nov 6 201912:16 AM EST
Saheli Roy Choudhury
  • Xerox is planning to make a cash-and-stock offer for personal-computer and printer maker HP, CNBC confirmed on Wednesday.
  • The company’s board discussed the possibility on Tuesday, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, which said Xerox has an informal funding commitment from a major bank.
  • Xerox, which makes printers and copiers, has a market cap of $8.05 billion, less than a third of HP’s $27.27 billion market value.
Xerox is planning to make a cash-and-stock offer for personal-computer and printer maker HP, CNBC has confirmed.

The company’s board discussed the possibility on Tuesday and Xerox has an informal funding commitment from a major bank, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story.

Xerox, which makes printers and copiers, has a market cap of $8.05 billion, less than a third of HP’s $27.27 billion market value.

A spokesperson at HP said the company “doesn’t comment on rumors.” Representatives from Xerox were not immediately available to respond to CNBC’s emailed request for comments.

As both companies look to cut costs, sources told the Journal that combining the companies could save more than $2 billion in expenses.

Last month, HP said it will cut between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2022 as part of a broader restructuring plan that it estimates will save $1 billion a year. That would amount to almost 16% of its 55,000 employees worldwide, according to FactSet.

HP was created after Hewlett-Packard separated its enterprise business — Hewlett Packard Enterprise — that sells data storage equipment, servers, and other related services.

Xerox said on Tuesday it will sell its 25% stake in Fuji Xerox, the joint venture between the company and Japan’s Fujifilm, for $2.3 billion. Investor activism stopped a deal in 2018 that would’ve merged Xerox into Fuji Xerox and given Fujifilm control, Reuters reported.

Read the Wall Street Journal’s story about Xerox’s ambitious plans to try and buy HP here.

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