3D Systems Releases New Version of ThermoJet Printer Software

VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 2001--3D Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: TDSC) today announced the release of a new software version 2.0 for its ThermoJet® printer that includes a variety of new and enhanced features.

Among the new features are an administrative utility to access print queue privileges and a graphical display of job status. The updated software also includes a dynamic color display of support surfaces on the part, making it easier to optimize part placement for building, and improvements in UNIX software functionality.

"Our ongoing development of the ThermoJet product helps ensure that it continues to benefit our 3-D printer customers," said Clark Crawford, senior director of business development for office systems. "The enhancements we have made enable our customers greater functionality and ease of use."

The software will be included with all new machine shipments. 3D Systems will provide the software at no additional cost to customers under its service contract or warranty. Other customers who wish to obtain the software may contact their local sales representative or call 888/337-9786 or 661/295-5600 internationally.

3D Systems' ThermoJet solid object printer creates physical models from computer-aided design (CAD) data, by printing successive layers of thermoplastic material, much like an inkjet printer. Printed models can be used for verifying and communicating designs as well as patterns for investment casting.

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, SLA® systems (stereolithography) and SLS® systems (selective laser sintering), 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, extension 796, or 661/295-5600 internationally. An investor packet can be obtained by calling 800/757-1799.

Note to editors: ThermoJet, SLA, SLS, Keltool and the 3D logo are registered trademarks of 3D Systems.

Certain statements in this news release may include forward-looking statements which 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: commercial acceptance of new products, including the ThermoJet printer software upgrade; actions of competitors and customers; and such other factors as are described in the company's 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.


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