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3D Systems Collaborates with 3M to Offer Complete Dental Model Production


Placed by : Looking for Dental
02-06-2008

Companies Will Collaborate to Offer Compatibility Between the 3M ESPE Lava(TM) Scan ST Design System and 3D Systems' High-Volume Dental Printing Systems
By BusinessWire
ROCK HILL, S.C., BUSINESS WIRE -- 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Modeling, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions, today announced it will collaborate with 3M ESPE to offer compatibility between the 3M ESPE Lava(TM) Scan ST Design System and 3D Systems' high-volume dental printing systems for seamless digital production of dental wax-ups.


3M ESPE's Lava(TM) Scanner, paired with 3D Systems' newly launched ProJet(TM) DP 3000 Production System and InVision(R) DP 3-D Modeler, enables dental laboratories to reliably design and manufacture precision wax-ups for dental professionals. The design system includes a precision optical 3-D scanner and a PC-based design station. Computer-aided design (CAD) files are electronically transferred to the 3-D production system to "print" wax-ups layer by layer during an additive process for a smooth surface finish. The 3D Systems' line of high-volume DP systems can manufacture more than 100 dental units each build cycle, producing full cast crowns, bridges, partial frameworks and full contour units.


"Our lab customers are continually looking for ways to grow their business and increase productivity," said Wayne Roen, director of digital restorative dentistry, 3M ESPE. "The 3D Systems' Rapid Prototyping technology helps labs meet this objective and is a natural complement to the Lava(TM) digital platform."



"We are pleased to again partner with 3M to offer our digital dentistry solutions to even more dental professionals and patients," said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems' president and chief executive officer. "Our complementary solutions pair our reliable, high-volume 3-D dental production systems with 3M ESPE's scanning and design system to truly transform the way wax-ups are designed and manufactured in dental laboratories."

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3-D Modeling, 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.

About 3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms - often in combination - to a wide array of customer needs. With $24 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com.

About 3M ESPE

3M ESPE manufactures and markets more than 2,000 products and services designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M's six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice, delivery and outcome of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products visit the 3M ESPE Web site at www.3MESPE.com or call the 3M ESPE Customer Care Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

Contacts:
3D Systems Corporation Investor Contact: Chanda Hughes,
803-326-4010; HughesC@3dsystems.com or Media Contact: Katharina Hayes,
803-326-3941; HayesK@3dsystems.com

source: business Wire

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