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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 30, 2003--(Nasdaq:
prototyping systems maker, Stratasys, announced it has released ABSi
plastic for use with its FDM Maxum.(TM) ABSi is expected to be used by
automotive industry product designers, among others.
ABSi is available as a colorless plastic and also comes in
translucent red, amber, or white. The plastic can be sterilized via
gamma radiation and ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization. ABSi is
compatible with the soluble support product, WaterWorks,(TM) which
saves time by dissolving model supports rather than requiring manual
removal. ABSi has been available previously for some FDM systems.
In automotive applications, engineers have a frequent need to test
prototypes such as tail lamps and other components that allow light
transmission. FDM Maxum users are now able to perform such aesthetic
tests with large, functional models. The Maxum is Stratasys' fastest
machine with one of the industry's largest build envelopes.
Existing Maxum users will need to install the latest version of
Stratasys Insight(TM) software (version 3.5 or later); no new hardware
is needed. Users with service contracts will automatically receive the
software version; those without a service contract should contact
their local sales representative. Upgrading to ABSi and switching
between materials are both simple steps, performed by the operator.
ABSi-ready Maxums are currently shipping.
FDM models will not warp, shrink, or absorb moisture. Like all
Stratasys equipment, the FDM Maxum requires no special facilities or
venting and involves no hazardous materials or by-products. Stratasys
systems typically represent the lowest total-cost-of-ownership among
the major rapid prototyping suppliers.
Stratasys Inc, Minneapolis, manufactured 31% of all rapid
prototyping systems installed worldwide last year: the highest
percentage of any manufacturer, according to Wohlers Report 2003. The
company patented the rapid prototyping process known as fused
deposition modeling (FDM(R)). The process creates solid models
directly from 3D CAD files using ABS plastic, polycarbonate, PPSF or
other materials. Stratasys manufactures rapid prototyping systems for
OEMs such as aerospace, automotive, defense, consumer, and medical
FDM Maxum, WaterWorks, and Insight are trademarks of, and FDM and
Stratasys are registered trademarks of, Stratasys Inc.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties. Introduction of new products and materials
are subject to timely completion of development and timely
manufacture, and the success of new products is subject to their
operation in the field as well as customer acceptance. Other risks are
detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC Reports, including the
report on Form 10-Q for March 31, 2003 and Form 10-K for the year
ended December 31, 2002.
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CONTACT: Stratasys Inc, Minneapolis Joe Hiemenz, 952/937-3000 x-726 Email Contact www.stratasys.com