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3D SELLS 2,000TH SYSTEM.

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VALENCIA - 3D Systems Corp. announced Tuesday the sale of its 2,000th solid imaging system.

The company also reached a milestone by shipping its 100th high-end SLA(R) 7000 system since its introduction in February 1999.

Based in Valencia, 3D Systems was founded in 1986. The company provides solid imaging products and services that substantially reduce the time and cost required to design, test and manufacture products. The company's systems utilize patented technologies that create physical objects from digital input.

``We're pleased that throughout 3D Systems' 15-year history, our products have continued to gain market acceptance,'' said Chuck Hull, company founder and chief technology officer. ``Even as we celebrate the 2,000th system sold, we look forward to accelerating our growth via new technologies and solutions.''

The first solid imaging machine off 3D Systems' production line in 1986 was the SLA 1 system. Subsequent machines included the SLA 190, 250, 350 and 500 systems. In 1996, 3D Systems introduced its first solid object modeler, the Actua(TM) printer, which was replaced in 1999 by the ThermoJet(R) printer.

In 2000, 3D Systems shipped 387 systems globally with revenues of $109.7 million. Its $27.9 million revenues for first-quarter 2001 were 21.3 percent greater than its first-quarter 2000 revenues.

Reaching another milestone, 3D Systems shipped the 100th high-end SLA 7000 system to The Boeing Co. for use at its PhantomWorks facility in St. Louis. 3D Systems introduced the SLA 7000 system in February 1999 and shipped 29 that year and 57 in 2000.

``We've used stereolithography technology since 1989 for aircraft configuration and marketing models,'' said Ed Langenderfer, prototype design specialist engineer at Boeing's PhantomWorks. ``Our main application of the technology is wind-tunnel testing.''

According to Langenderfer, the group recently used stereolithography for the development of the U.S. Air Force's Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).

3D Systems currently offers the ThermoJet(R) office printer and SLA(R) industrial systems, which include proprietary software and materials.
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