ROCK HILL, S.C.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 8, 2007— 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Modeling, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions, announced today that Reebok is successfully utilizing 3D Systems' DuraForm(R) Flex Plastic for a number of its products.
DuraForm(R) Flex Plastic is flexible and soft, yet tear-resistant
and durable. This thermoplastic elastomer material is ideal for
creating complex, functional prototypes of Reebok footwear, sandals
and athletic equipment. It can also be used to produce prototype
gaskets, hoses and seals, and for the complex production and
prototyping of plastic parts.
Reebok has found DuraForm(R) Flex Plastic to be easy to process in
its 3D Systems' Selective Laser Sintering System. Unlike earlier
generation materials, DuraForm(R) Flex directly produces durable
parts. Secondary infiltration is optional, but users can add color,
improve burst strength and create a water-tight barrier. Five colors
are available - black, red, yellow, blue and natural, which can be
mixed to create custom colors.
Reebok produces parts at a 0.15 mm. (0.006 in.) layer thickness,
which is comparable to other flexible materials, yet DuraForm(R) Flex
Plastic delivers an exceptional surface finish and the ability to
create parts with fine-feature details. By further reducing layer
thicknesses from 0.15 mm. to 0.1 mm. (0.004 in.), DuraForm(R) Flex
Plastic offers up to a 33 percent improvement in resolution. Parts
built from DuraForm(R) Flex Plastic are able to withstand repeated
bending and flexing as well as harsh functional testing. By varying
machine process conditions, this material can consistently create
parts with optimized Shore A hardnesses ranging between 45 and 75.
"Our application is different than most," said Gary Rabinovitz,
Rapid Prototyping Lab Manager at Reebok. "We build one or two
confirmation samples out of 3D Systems' DuraForm(R) Flex Plastic. The
parts are very flexible and can be painted, so we get the look and
feel of a real shoe. For this type of application, we prefer
DuraForm(R) Flex to all the other materials available on the market."
"Duraform(R) Flex Material gives us a much more consistent and
stable material for our flexible parts. We can setup large complex
builds that run overnight with the confidence that we will have good
results in the morning," added Paul Bates, Director of Advanced
Process Engineering for Reebok International.
"3D Systems developed DuraForm(R) Flex Plastic based on customer
suggestions for an improved elastomeric material. We listened to their
ideas and integrated the desired properties into this next-generation
flexible material," said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems' President and
Chief Executive Officer. "The synergy between this material and our
SLS(R) Systems enables our customers like Reebok to produce usable
parts quickly, shortens product development time, reduces
time-to-market and simplifies customization without incurring any
capital tooling expense."
About 3D Systems
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3-D Modeling, Rapid
Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions. Its systems and materials
reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct
and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from
digital input. These solutions are used for design communication and
prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts:
Transform your products.
More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com,
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts,
is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports,
fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment. A subsidiary of
the adidas Group, the company operates under the multiple divisions of
the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division.
More information on the company is available at www.rbk.com.