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National Plastics Expo 2003
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2003--(Nasdaq:
Stratasys today unveiled a new rapid prototyping system -- the FDM
Vantage(TM) -- at NPE (National Plastics Expo), Chicago. The FDM
Vantage was designed to allow future upgrades to a larger modeling
chamber, more material bays, and new modeling materials when
developed, extending its life span.
The FDM Vantage is built on what the company calls its T-Class
high-performance platform. This platform allows the use of
high-temperature, high-performance engineering thermoplastics. The
T-Class platform was commercialized in 2001 with the company's FDM
Titan.(TM) The combination of a robust platform and high-temperature
engineering plastics has been successful for Stratasys. "The
introduction of the FDM Vantage brings this proven technology to a
mid-priced system at the center of our product line," says FDM product
manager, Patrick Robb. "And the ability to upgrade helps protect the
The system comes standard with two thermoplastic modeling
materials: ABS and Polycarbonate. Both are widely used in
manufacturers' end-products -- an advantage for the design engineer.
Both materials are durable, stable, and will not warp, shrink, or
absorb moisture, enabling high accuracy. Polycarbonate offers high
tensile strength and flex strength, a hardness exceeding ABS, a high
heat-distortion temperature, superior dimensional stability, and
durability sufficient for rapid manufacturing applications.
The FDM Vantage is quiet and safe enough for an office
environment. It requires no special facilities or venting and involves
no hazardous materials or by-products. It comes standard with the
company's WaterWorks(TM) water-soluble supports for ABS modeling,
which lets users dissolve model-support material rather than remove
them by hand. It has model-chamber dimensions of 14 x 10 x 10 in.
(355.6 x 254 x 254 mm). User selectable model-layer thickness settings
for polycarbonate are 0.007 in. (0.178 mm) and 0.010 in. (0.254 mm).
ABS layer thickness is 0.010 in. (0.254 mm). The machine will begin
shipping in August.
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
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 June 2003 and Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2002.
FDM Vantage, FDM Titan, and WaterWorks are trademarks, of
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CONTACT: Stratasys Inc, Minneapolis Editorial: Joe Hiemenz, 952/906-2726 Email Contact www.stratasys.com