3D Systems Announces Availability of Industry's First Polypropylene Material

Parts From New Duraform(r) PP 100 Plastic Offer the Toughness and Durability of Molded Polypropylene

Rock Hill, South Carolina, UNITED STATES

ROCK HILL, S.C., Oct. 16, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems Corporation (Nasdaq:TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions, announced today the availability of DuraForm(r) PP 100 Plastic, a new sintering material with the toughness and durability of molded polypropylene. 3D Systems plans to offer this material through its online Pro Parts Marketplace and its network of Preferred Service Providers (PSPs).

Developed jointly with TRIAL Corporation of Kanagawa, Japan, DuraForm(r) PP 100 Plastic is the first polypropylene-based Rapid Manufacturing material, enabling fast, economical manufacturing of production-quality prototypes and batches of end-use parts. Polypropylene is one of the most versatile and widely used plastics and is utilized in the packaging, medical and automotive industries. Polypropylene parts are rugged with excellent chemical resistance. For parts requiring living hinges, their fatigue life is also excellent.

3D Systems unveiled DuraForm(r) PP 100 Plastic, developed as DuraForm(r) XR300, in mid-June at the Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo (DMS) in Tokyo, Japan. 3D Systems will display parts made from DuraForm(r) PP 100 Plastic and discuss its capabilities in more detail at its World Conference from October 20-23, 2008, in Charlotte, NC/Rock Hill, SC.

"It is a great achievement for 3D Systems to be the first in the industry to introduce a polypropylene material designed for Rapid Manufacturing applications," said Thomas Pang, Senior Product Manager for 3D Systems. "We are pleased to deliver this revolutionary new DuraForm(r) PP 100 Plastic - a true advancement in sintering materials that will benefit so many customers through the 3D Systems' online Pro Parts Marketplace and our Preferred Service Providers."

Parts made from DuraForm(r) PP 100 Plastic can be purchased through the 3D Systems' Pro Parts Marketplace at http://quote.3dsystems.com and from select Preferred Service Providers.

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.

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