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VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2002--3D Systems Corp.
TDSC) today announced the availability of LaserForm(TM) ST-200
material for the SLS(R) systems. LaserForm ST-200 material is the next
generation metals material that enables customers to produce complex
parts and tooling inserts in a matter of days.
LaserForm ST-200 material allows customers to go beyond prototype
tooling, enabling the production of tens of thousands of parts, even
with aggressive injection molding materials. The material is comprised
of 420 stainless steel, which is sintered in the SLS system. The
sintered part is then infiltrated with bronze in an oven to produce a
fully dense part or tool.
"LaserForm ST-200 material has characteristics similar to P20
steel. This allows customers with tooling applications, such as those
in the automotive and aerospace industries, to use it to produce
sintered parts and tools that are fully dense, with complex geometries
and intricate feature detail, without the thermal stress associated
with other technologies," said Mervyn Rudgley, Sr. Director Product
Management. "As industries move toward Advanced Digital
Manufacturing(SM) (ADM), our development of new materials is designed
to provide designers and engineers with the ability to add custom
features and complexity to their part designs. For the first time,
engineers will be able to design without the necessity to adapt their
designs to the limitations of traditional manufacturing methods,"
continued Rudgley. "The new binder system in LaserForm ST-200 material
allows customers to produce parts and inserts with thinner walls and
more complex features that were not possible with LaserForm ST-100
"LaserForm ST-200 material has been well received by customers.
North American and European customers have found the new material a
significant step forward in the development of metal parts and
inserts. In a recent customer trial, injection molding inserts, slides
and rails composed of LaserForm ST-200 material were used to produce
40,000 pieces composed of a 30% glass-filled nylon 6.12, and tooling
components showed no significant wear. Advantages for tooling
applications include the ability to build in complex geometry without
the expense of EDM tooling," concluded Rudgley.
About 3D Systems
Founded in 1986, 3D Systems, the solid imaging company(SM),
provides solid imaging products and solutions to reduce the time and
cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect
manufacturing. Its systems utilize patented technologies to create
physical objects from digital input used for design communication,
prototyping and functional end-use parts.
3D Systems currently offers the ThermoJet(R) solid object printer,
SLA(R) (stereolithography), SLS(R) (selective laser sintering)
systems, and Accura(TM) materials (includes: photopolymers, metals,
nylons, engineering plastics, and thermoplastics).
Product pricing in the U.S. ranges from $49,995, for the ThermoJet
printer, to $799,000 for the high-end SLA 7000 system. 3D Systems
multiple platform product line enables companies to choose the most
appropriate systems for applications ranging from the creation of
design communication models to prototypes to production parts. More
information on the company is available at
www.3dsystems.com, or by
phoning 888/337-9786, extension 811, or 661/295-5600 internationally.
An investor packet can be obtained by calling 800/757-1799.
3D Systems is the originator of the ADM (Advanced Digital
Manufacturing(SM)) solution for manufacturing applications. ADM is the
utilization of 3D Systems solid imaging technologies to accelerate
production of smaller volumes of customized/specialized parts. A
typical ADM center is expected to contain multiple 3D Systems SLA, MJM
and SLS systems dedicated to full time manufacturing applications.
Note to editors: Advanced Digital Manufacturing and the solid
imaging company are service marks, si2, LaserForm and Accura are
trademarks; and ThermoJet, SLA, SLS and the 3D logo are registered
trademarks of 3D Systems Inc.
Certain statements in this news release may include
forward-looking statements that 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: the funding of amounts of capital adequate to
provide for the working capital needs of the company; actions of
competitors and customers; the company's ability to successfully
design and produce new products, customer acceptance of new products;
the company's ability to enter into successful relationships with new
customers to fully exploit its products, the ability to successfully
implement all elements of our restructuring and cost savings program,
and such other factors as are described in the company's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not undertake
to update any forward-looking statements.
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RJ/la CONTACT: 3D Systems Corp. Elizabeth Goode, 661/295-5600, ext. 2632 Email Contact or Self & Associates Trudy Self, 909/336-5685 Email Contact