3D Systems Announces iPro 9000 XL SLA Precision Center

Largest Commercial Stereolithography Part-manufacturing System Enables Rapid Production of High-definition 'Pro Parts' Up to 60-Inches Long From 3D Systems' Family of Integrated Accura Plastics

Rock Hill, South Carolina, UNITED STATES

ROCK HILL, S.C., Oct. 7, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems Corporation (Nasdaq:TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions, announced today the iPro(tm) 9000 XL SLA(r) Center for the production of extra-large, high-definition 'Pro Parts' for prototyping and end-use. 3D Systems plans to present this new system during its World Conference later this month and begin commercial shipments of this system during the fourth quarter of this year.

With the ability to deliver parts up to 60-inches long, the iPro(tm) 9000 XL SLA(r) Precision Center is ideal for applications requiring large, single-piece parts with all of the performance attributes and accuracy that users have come to expect from 3D Systems' high-definition Stereolithography process. Its extra-large build platform (59 X 30 X 22 in. or 1500 X 750 X 550 mm.) is the largest commercially available Stereolithography platform. The iPro(tm) 9000 XL delivers a complete part with no seams for aesthetic superiority, uni-part durability, reduced labor and decreased cost.

The iPro(tm) 9000 XL SLA(r) Center is the third model of the recently introduced modular iPro(tm) 9000 SLA(r) Centers, adding a third platform configuration alternative to the current single and dual Resin Delivery Modules (RDM). The iPro(tm) family of Precision Centers quickly and economically produces durable plastic parts from 3D Systems' family of integrated Accura(r) Plastics with unprecedented surface smoothness, feature resolution, edge definition and tolerances that rival the accuracy of CNC-machined plastic parts. Based on decades of 3D Systems' patented SLA(r) technology, these SLA(r) Centers feature 3D Systems' new generation proprietary ProScan(tm) digital scanning system that is equipped with a new state-of-the-art SteadyPower(tm) Imager for optimal performance and repeatability.

"It is exciting to think about all of the industries that can benefit from the extra-large, uni-part manufacturing capability of the new iPro(tm) 9000 XL SLA(r) Center and all of the new applications that this new manufacturing capability have made possible," said Lee Dockstader, vice president and general manager of Stereolithography products at 3D Systems. "With this new system, we can build an entire car bumper in one piece, specifically addressing our loyal automotive customers' desire to build bigger, better and faster. Paired with our growing portfolio of Accura(r) 'Pro' Plastics, the iPro(tm) 9000 XL SLA(r) Center is a versatile solution for a variety of automotive, aerospace, construction and investment casting applications."

Discussion on the iPro(tm) 9000 XL at the 3D Systems World Conference

The 3D Systems World Conference will be held from October 20-23, 2008, in Charlotte, N.C./Rock Hill, S.C. For more information, visit www.3dworldconference.com.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions. Its systems and materials reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts: Transform your products.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com, or via e-mail at moreinfo@3dsystems.com.


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