Simulation learning company 3Dsolve Inc. has closed an early-stage investment round of an undisclosed amount.

Shawn Ramsey-Kroboth, a spokeswoman for the company, says the round is the first investment for 3Dsolve, which has not raised any funding in the past. It was led by Japanese investor Joichi Ito, who was joined by other individuals (friends and family).

“For confidentiality reasons (with the investors), we are unable to disclose the exact amount, but I can tell you that it was a six-figure seed/early stage investment,” says Ramsey-Kroboth. “The lead investor was Tokyo-based Joichi Ito, who is recognized as a technology leader/innovator worldwide.”

Ito, a 3Dsove board member who led a group of investors, has created numerous Internet companies, including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan.

“Having worked with the 3Dsolve team over the past year and a half, and its founders prior to that, I was excited to have the opportunity to invest in the people and the company they’re building,” said Ito. “Their vision for simulation learning and the impact it will have is both compelling and highly achievable.”

Cary-based 3Dsolve funds will be used to enable the development and delivery of new products and services, as well as marketing and business development activities to enable future growth.

“We’re pleased to be able to announce this round of financing,” said Richard Boyd, chief executive officer and founder of 3Dsolve. “Not only will the funds we’ve raised assist us in product development, marketing, and business development, but they represent an important vote of confidence in our strategy and vision from a group of extremely seasoned investors.”

Boyd was previously at 3dvillage, where he was also founder and CEO, and Virtus, where he was general manager and vice president of sale. Two other 3Dsolve executives Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boosman and Chief Technology Officer David Smith, were also co-founders of Red Storm Entertainment.

3Dsolve creates collaborative simulation learning solutions for government, military, and corporate applications, a market estimated to reach $6.1 billion by 2006. The company’s simulation learning products use interactive 3D graphics, based upon industry standards.

Recently, 3Dsolve was named as one of Military Training Technology magazine’s Top 100 “companies that have made a significant impact in the military training industry.”

3Dsolve: www.3dsolve.com