Rapid Prototyping System suits in-office applications.

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Eden260(TM) photopolymer jetting system fully cures modeling material with UV light during modeling process. Offering resolution of 16 microns, models do not need curing after being built, nor do they require other steps beyond support removal. PolyJet modeling resin comes in sealed cartridges that are safe and clean, so users are not exposed to liquid resin. Operating on 120 Vac, 60Hz, Eden260 features 34 x 29 in. footprint with build envelope of 10 x 9.6 x 7.9 in.

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Stratasys to Market Second Polyjet System

Eden260 is a Compact Photopolymer Jetting System

Minneapolis, Feb. 3 - (Nasdaq: SSYS) Rapid prototyping system maker, Stratasys, says it will add another Poly Jet(TM) system to its offerings in North America. The Eden260,(TM) a photopolymer-jetting system manufactured by Objet Geometries, is a compact rapid prototyping system.

The Eden260 is a high-speed jetting system that fully cures the modeling material with UV light during the modeling process. Models do not need curing after being built, nor do they require other steps beyond support removal, which is done at a standard water-jet station. PolyJet modeling resin comes in sealed cartridges that are safe and clean, so users aren't exposed to liquid resin throughout the process. Models built on the Eden260 have excellent surface finish smoothness and a very high resolution of 16 microns (0.0006 in.). The system is priced at U.S. $99,000.

"Based on the success of the Eden333, Stratasys and Objet decided that the timing was right to offer the Eden260 in North America," says Eden product manager Fred Fischer. "PolyJet technology is setting a new standard in photopolymer rapid prototyping systems. We believe there is a tremendous potential for PolyJet growth in North America in 2005."

The Eden260 is part of the Eden family of PolyJet rapid prototyping systems, and it shares the technology of the larger Eden333, introduced in the US by Stratasys in 2003. The Eden260 was first introduced in Asia and Europe in 2004 by Objet.

The Eden260 is ideal for in-office prototyping and has a small footprint, measuring only 34 x 29 in. (870 x 735 mm). Its build envelope measures l0x 9.6 x 7.9 in. (255 x 245 x 200 mm). The front-end software runs on Windows NT, 2000 or XP. No special power requirements are necessary; the system will run on standard power of 120 VAC, 60Hz, 20 Amps. Its dimensions are 34 x 29 x 47 in. (870 x 736 x 1200 mm), and its weight is 620 lbs (280 kg).

In addition to PolyJet Systems, which are manufactured by Objet Geometries, Stratasys sells FDM (fused deposition modeling) systems, which it manufactures. The company markets the complementary technologies in packages that it calls "the best of both worlds."

Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, manufactures office-based rapid prototyping systems and 3D printers. In 2003, the company supplied 37 percent of all such systems installed worldwide, making it the unit market leader, according to Wohlers Report 2004. Stratasys patented the rapid prototyping process known as fused deposition modeling (FDM). The process creates functional models directly from 3D CAD files using ABS plastic, polycarbonate, and PPSF. The company holds 110 granted or pending rapid prototyping patents. Stratasys equipment is used by industry OEMs, such as aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, electronic, and consumer product makers. These rapid prototyping systems are also used for rapid manufacturing and rapid tooling applications. For more information on the company go to www.Stratasys.com.

PolyJet and Eden260 are trademarks of Objet Geometries, Ltd.
Eden333 is a trademark, and FDM is a registered trademark of Stratasys, Inc.

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