Newly Branded Stereolithography Materials to Be Developed and Manufactured in 2002
VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2001--3D Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: TDSC) today announced it has completed its acquisition of materials developer and manufacturer RPC Ltd.
RPC, now a wholly owned subsidiary of 3D Systems, will continue to manufacture and distribute from its headquarters in Marly, Switzerland, where it has developed 16 stereolithography (SL) materials for SLA® systems.
"When our current obligation for SL material development ends in February 2002, we will work with RPC to further enhance our SL material product lines and develop new materials," said Grant Flaharty, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for 3D Systems.
"The combination of RPC and 3D Systems allows us to add a greater materials focus to the high-quality hardware customers have come to expect. We plan to provide a full range of materials with comparable or improved properties."
RPC's materials are fully compatible with 3D Systems' SLA product line and provide a variety of properties, including durability, heat resistance and detailed surface finish. Any questions regarding RPC materials should be directed to RPC at (41) 26 439 95 90 or www.rpc.ch.
About 3D Systems
Founded in 1986, 3D Systems provides solid imaging products and solutions that help reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing. Its systems utilize patented technologies that create physical objects from digital input.
3D Systems currently offers the ThermoJet® solid object printer, stereolithography (SLA®) systems and selective laser sintering (SLS®) systems, as well as related software and materials. Product pricing in the U.S. ranges from $49,995 for the ThermoJet printer, to $799,000 for the high-end SLA 7000 system.
The company licenses the complementary 3D Keltool® process, a method for producing steel mold inserts, and currently is developing systems that use composite paste materials for direct manufacturing. In August, 3D Systems merged with DTM Corp.
More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com, or by phoning 888/337-9786, ext. 791, or 661/295-5600 internationally. An investor packet can be obtained by calling 800/757-1799.
Based in Marly, Switzerland, RPC develops and distributes a complete range of materials used in SLA solid imaging systems. Since its founding in 1997, the company's R&D efforts have concentrated on thermosetting and photopolymer materials as well as laser technology. The company has introduced 16 resins for all three laser configurations on the SLA machines.
Certain statements in this news release may include forward-looking statements that express the expectation, prediction, belief or projection of 3D Systems. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance and achievement of 3D Systems to be materially and adversely different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this release and that may affect the company's prospects in general include, but are not limited to: worldwide economic conditions; successful enhancement of the current RPC product line in a timely manner; RPC's ability to produce sufficient quantities of material to meet customer needs; actions of competitors, particularly materials producers, all of which have considerably more resources at their disposal than 3D Systems; actions of customers and their acceptance of RPC's products; and such other factors as are described in the companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including annual reports on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2000, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2001, and 3D Systems' current reports on Form 8-K filed on April 6, April 10 and Sept. 4, 2001.
Note to Editors: ThermoJet, SLA, SLS, Keltool and the 3D logo are registered trademarks of 3D Systems.
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