Accelerated Technologies Begins Testing of WaterShed(tm), a New Rapid Prototyping Material

Cincinnati, OH -- Rapid Prototyping 2002, April 30 2002--Accelerated Technologies, Inc. has been selected by DSM Somos as the first beta test site for Somos WaterShed(tm), an innovative material for rapid prototyping. WaterShed, designed for the stereolithography process, produces prototypes that promise to be much stronger and more resilient than previous materials due to its unique moisture absorption rate.

“Clients rely on our company to provide processes and materials that have been tested and proven under real-world situations,” stated Mike Durham, general manager, Accelerated Technologies. “We believe this groundbreaking technology will provide the key to using prototypes for extended periods and are eager to put it to the test.”

Watershed produces prototypes with a moisture absorption rate of only 0.24%, which is more than 80% less than other commonly used resins. Moisture absorption, through direct contact with water or exposure to humidity, is known to degrade mechanical properties and dimensional accuracy in stereolithography prototypes. Testing has shown that high humidity can decrease tensile and flexural properties by 30% in only one month. WaterShed's moisture resistance offers long-term protection such that the prototypes can be used for form, fit and functional testing for extended periods. Mike Durham believes that WaterShed(tm) will address the needs of a previously untapped market. Durham said, "After contacting key customers to determine the applicability and need for a water-resistant material, we found that the demand was extraordinary. Overall, this material will do very well since it combines translucency and outstanding material properties with its moisture resistance."

According to statements made by DSM Somos, WaterShed offers mechanical properties that mimic the engineered thermoplastic PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate). Exceptional tensile and flexural strength combine to make strong, rigid rapid prototypes. Like WaterClear(tm), the first material in this family, WaterShed delivers a translucent prototype suitable for flow visualization and analysis of the inner working of complex assemblies. Accelerated Technologies is accepting orders for WaterShed during the beta testing period.

About the Companies:

Accelerated Technologies, Inc. ( www.atirapid.com) is a rapid prototyping service bureau that has emerged as an industry leader. Starting as the world’s first selective laser sintering service bureau, the company has continued to lead the way in rapid prototyping. Operating 18 rapid prototyping systems and offering 10 materials, Accelerated Technologies, Inc. is keenly focused on RP services through technologies such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering and PolyJet 3D printing. The company rounds out its services with a highly skilled RTV molding operation.

DSM Somos ( http://www.dsmsomos.com/ ) has developed a full line of ProtoFunctional(tm) materials that replicate production materials' performance parameters. From thermoplastic elastomers to polyethylene, polypropylene and rigid polyvinyl chloride, DSM Somos has Protofunctional solutions for stereolithography (SL) and selective laser sintering (SLS) technologies. DSM Somos is part of DSM Desotech, a leading innovative formulator and manufacturer of high quality ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB) curable materials.

Somos is a registered trademark of DSM. WaterShed, WaterClear and ProtoFunctional are trademarks of DSM.

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