Reebok Runs with 3D Systems' DuraForm Flex Plastic

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.

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About Reebok

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.

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