Printer helps users develop 3D models.

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Powered by Catalyst(TM) software, Dimension SST builds accurate models layer by layer using ABS plastic, allowing users to evaluate design concepts and test 3D prints for functionality, form, and fit. Automated soluble support system enables development of prototypes with complex design geometries. Printer imports STL files and automatically slices and orients part, creates necessary support structures, and plots deposition path for 3D printer to follow.



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Dimension Expands Family of 3D Printers with Launch of Dimension SST



New product features automated soluble support system, enabling greater convenience for users; Will make worldwide debut at National Design Engineering Show in Chicago

MINNEAPOLIS < Feb. 17, 2004 < The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSYS), has expanded its family of 3D printers with the launch of Dimension SST, a new product that allows users to develop advanced 3D models.

The Dimension SST includes all the functionality of Dimension, the organization¹s legacy 3D printer. It also incorporates an automated soluble support removal system, which gives users greater convenience in the design process by reducing engineering time and enabling the development of prototypes with more complex design geometries. The Dimension 3D Printing Group will officially unveil the Dimension SST next week at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago.

Dimension SST is a low-cost alternative for building functional 3D prints and will sell for $34,900. The legacy Dimension now sells for $24,900, or $5,000 less than its previous price. Both products continue to be the most affordable 3D printers in the industry, incorporating many key features found in modeling systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars more.

Dimension SST and Dimension are powered by the company¹s CatalystTM software, which runs on workstations using Windows NT, 2000 or XP. The 3D printers build functional 3D prints from the bottom-up, one layer at a time.

The software imports STL files and automatically slices and orients the part, creates necessary support structures and plots a precise deposition path for the 3D printer to follow. Whereas the legacy Dimension requires users to manually remove support pieces, Dimension SST provides a cleanstation that quickly and easily removes soluble supports, thereby enabling "hands-free" 3D printing.

Both products build accurate models using durable ABS plastic, allowing users to test 3D prints for functionality, form and fit.

"Our potential users of Dimension and Dimension SST printers are the same: individuals and organizations seeking fast, office-friendly, low cost alternatives for building functional 3D prints," said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. "We're offering Dimension SST to those seeking a more convenient, finished prototype to guide them through the overall design process ­­ a need that we believe is essential as productivity and speed to market are more than ever the critical factors in a product¹s success."

"We're bringing Dimension SST to the market about two years after the launch of our legacy Dimension," said Scott Crump, chairman and chief executive officer for Stratasys. "In that time, we've booked orders for more than 1,000 Dimension printers. Our goal is to one day make 3D printers as common in engineering and design offices as laser printers and jet printers are today. Extending our functionality through Dimension SST will help us accomplish this."

In addition to targeting traditional manufacturing markets such as aerospace, automotive and equipment, the Dimension 3D Printing Group has expanded the concept modeling marketplace, securing sales in new vertical industries including education, architecture, consumer products and packaging, and industrial design.

About The Dimension 3D Printing Group

The Dimension 3D Printing Group is a business unit of Stratasys, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn. Dimension 3D printers ­­ which include the legacy Dimension and the enhanced Dimension SST ­­ are networked, desktop modeling systems that provide CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) users a fast, office-friendly, low-cost alternative for building functional 3D prints.

Dimension 3D printers build accurate models layer by layer using durable ABS plastic, allowing users to not only evaluate design concepts, but test 3D prints for functionality, form and fit. As the first desktop 3D printer that sells for less than $25,000, Dimension incorporates many key features found in modeling systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars more. For more information on Dimension 3D printers, visit www.dimensionprinting.com < www.dimensionprinting.com/ > .

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