Material System produces plastic prototypes.

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System zp®250 includes powder, binder, and Z-Snap(TM) flexible epoxy infiltrant for use with proprietary 3D printers. Prototypes made from system are extremely tough and display flexible properties of plastic, allowing them to be used in variety of functional testing applications. Material is best suited for making parts that will be aggressively handled during testing or assembly process.

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New Material for Protoyping Plastic Parts

Burlington, MA- Z Corporation announced that it has developed and released a new material system for use with the complete line of 3D Printers currently on the market. Prototypes made with the new zp®250 material system are extremely tough and display the flexible properties of plastic, allowing them to be used in a variety of functional testing applications. The complete system includes zp250 powder and a corresponding binder and infiltrant.

"Our sales, service and customer support teams identified a need within our user community for a material that could produce parts for snap-fit and assembly applications. The required characteristics included toughness and flexibility. Our research and development team created a new material optimized for prototyping thin-walled plastic parts that has three times the toughness of any of our previous materials. The feedback from our beta test sites is very enthusiastic and positive," explained Scott Banda, Z Corp. Product Manager.

The new material system includes a powder, binder and the new Z-Snap(TM) flexible epoxy infiltrant developed through Z Corp.'s partnership with ITW Devcon, a leading formulator of epoxies for industrial customers. The new zp250 material is best suited for making parts that will be aggressively handled during a testing or assembly process.

The new zp250 material system was beta tested at several Z Corp. customer sites including Synthes USA, which develops medical instruments. The introduction of the zp250 material system complements the Z Corp. line of materials and provides us with a selection of materials to match our modeling needs. With the new material, we are able to cost-effectively prototype surgical tools and implants for assembling small mechanisms. The accurate, flexible, durable parts are easy to assemble for form and fit testing. After evaluating several prototyping technologies and materials, our engineers concluded that the Z Corp. technology and zp250 material system was the best all-around solution for our modeling needs early in the design process," explained Mark Platt, Synthes USA.

The zp250 material system is consistent with Z Corp.'s history of offering low-cost 3D Printers and the lowest cost materials in the rapid prototyping industry. It is compatible with the complete current line of Z Corp. 3D Printers: the entry-level ZPrinter(TM) 310 System, the premium full-color Z®406 System and the large-format, full-color Z810 System.

Z Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets the world's fastest 3D Printers - machines that produce physical prototypes quickly, easily, and inexpensively from computer-aided design ("CAD") and other digital data. Z Corp.'s 3D Printers are used by numerous Fortune 500 companies to make prototypes ranging from toys for market feedback to fan blades for functional testing. In the same way that conventional desktop printers provide computer users with a paper output of their documents, 3D Printers provide 3D CAD users a physical prototype of real world objects such as a mobile phone, an engine manifold, or a camera. Z Corporation's prestigious list of over 800 customers worldwide includes: Sony, Fisher-Price, Adidas, Canon, Daimler, Nike, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BMW, Porsche, United Technologies, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Harvard, MIT and Yale. Please visit our web site ( or contact Marina Hatsopoulos, CEO for more information at (781) 852-5007. Sales inquiries can be made via email ( or by phone at (781) 852-5005.

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