Stratasys Ltd. announced that its color, multi-material technology is being successfully deployed to aid cancer surgeons in treating patients. Physicians use the models during pre-surgery planning of complicated kidney tumor removal, helping to perform precise and successful kidney-sparing surgery and improving patient outcomes. The 3D printed models are also used to improve surgeon training, as well as enhancing the explanatory process towards patients.

The advanced surgical process, which utilizes transparent and color 3D printed models produced on Stratasys' color, multi-material 3D Printer, the Objet500 Connex3 , is being pioneered by the Department of Urology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital (CHU) de Bordeaux, in France. According to CHU surgeon Dr Jean-Christophe Bernhard, this is currently the only hospital in France - and one of the first in the world - to deploy Stratasys' multi-color, multi-material 3D printing technology for complex kidney tumor removal cases.

"Having a 3D printed model comprising the patient's kidney tumor, main arteries and vessels - each in a different color - provides an accurate picture of what we will see during operations," says Dr Bernhard.

"Importantly, the ability to visualize the specific location of a tumor in relation to these other elements, all in three dimensions, greatly facilitates our task and is not something that is easily achievable from a 2D scan," he adds.

According to Dr Bernhard, the clearer view offered by the 3D printed model may increase the ability to perform precise and successful kidney-sparing surgery. The pre-surgery planning aids in identifying and avoiding damage to the delicate nearby arteries and vessels which can result in complete kidney removal. Sparing the patient's kidney is important because it reduces the chance of subsequently suffering from chronic kidney disease.

"3D printing technology has effectively heralded a new dawn," continues Dr Bernhard. "A scan gives us good information, but it's in 2D. This relies on the surgeon to mentally reconstruct the tumor volume in 3D and estimate its location inside of the total volume of the kidney. The same process has to be done to clearly understand the relations between the tumor, the vessels (arteries and veins) and the collecting system. As you can imagine, this is difficult and time-consuming for the surgeon.

"Conversely, having a 3D printed kidney model in your hands that corresponds specifically to that of the patient you're going to operate on quite literally offers me a view from a new perspective. The only thing more accurate than that is the patient himself," he adds.

The CHU de Bordeaux uses three Stratasys PolyJet materials: transparent VeroClear to show the volume mass of the kidney itself, red for the arteries and yellow for the excretory tract. The red and yellow is then mixed on-the-fly - unique to Stratasys multi-material capabilities - to produce the all-important orange color of the tumor.

"The Stratasys transparent material is of fundamental importance as it allows us to see inside and estimate the depth at which the tumor resides," explains Dr Bernhard. "It enables us to see the arteries and the cavities that collect urine, so we can see if any of the arteries are touching the tumor. We need to remove the tumor, but not at the expense of the other vital elements that together enable the kidney to do its job. Finding that balance is much easier to achieve thanks to 3D printing."

Dr Bernhard also believes that use of 3D printed models will not be restricted to kidney surgery, and sees them being equally useful for any organ sparing surgeries.

Stratasys 3D printing solutions also significantly strengthens the CHU's capabilities from an instructional standpoint. For Dr Bernhard, this is a fundamental benefit of 3D printing and one that he sees making a big impact within the medical sector long-term.

"I think this technology will be a big driver in terms of shaping the future of teaching and surgical training," he says. "Having access to a 3D printed model that is completely accurate to the one that you're going to operate, not only enables you to train yourself on the operation, but it also greatly improves our ability to more accurately convey surgical procedures to students - who of course are the surgeons of tomorrow."

Another major benefit for the CHU of Bordeaux and Dr Bernhard is the ability to use the 3D printed models to more easily explain procedures to patients prior to surgery, thereby offering increased reassurance.

"Describing kidney tumor removal with 2D scan or a diagram will invariably leave most patients somewhat bewildered," he explains. "Presenting them with a 3D printed model that clearly shows the tumor puts them at ease and enables the patient to grasp exactly what we're going to do. Indeed, research from patient questionnaires shows that having 3D printed models increases their understanding of the surgery by more than 50%, so it's a considerable benefit in terms of overall patient care."

Commenting on the use of 3D printing technology at the hospital, Scott Rader, General Manager of Medical Solutions at Stratasys, says, "By putting exactly what the surgeon needs to see right in his hands, the pioneering use of Stratasys color multi-material 3D printing technology at the CHU de Bordeaux demonstrates its capability to improve medical operations by decreasing complexities to make the surgeon's role easier. Moreover, by enhancing procedures in this way, the prospect of organ-conserving surgery is increased, resulting in a far more favorable outcome for patients."

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Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today introduced the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers featuring the company's unique triple-jetting technology.

Stratasys triple-jetting technology is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials such as tough Digital ABS.

Joining the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer announced in January, the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 offer designers and manufacturers superior versatility for materials, functionality and product realism capabilities.

Objet500 Connex1

Equipped with a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex1 Multi-material 3D Printer can produce parts from three diverse materials in a single production run. This allows users to create assemblies with components formed from three different materials, or it can produce components that contain both rigid and flexible materials, such as rubber-like Tango and rigid Vero material. The 3D printer can build a part up to 19.3 in. x 15.4 in. x 7.9 in. (490mm x 390mm x 200mm) or a mixed tray of small parts. A larger material cabinet contains eight cartridges, resulting in more unattended run time and fewer material changeovers than previous models. Hot swapping - or reloading material and support cartridges while the 3D printer is operating - allows for continuous part production. Multi-material 3D printing achieves in a single, automated build what would be either impossible to achieve with conventional single-material 3D printers or would require hand assembly from multiple print jobs.

Objet500 Connex2

The Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printer enables users to combine transparency, durability and flexibility in one part. It has all the capabilities of the Objet500 Connex1 plus the ability to combine droplets from two base materials to produce new materials or "Digital Materials." Digital ABS, for example, is the most durable material available for the Stratasys PolyJet process and is often used to produce mold cores and cavities for short-run injection molding. With more than 100 material options, Connex2 users can produce a variety of Shore A values in the same part with rigid or clear components, or can combine Digital ABS with pure Tango for strong over-molded handles and grips. The versatility of the Objet500 Connex2 also makes it ideal for creating custom manufacturing tools such as jigs and fixtures.

"Following the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 earlier this year, we saw the demand for additional multi-material 3D printers that can address a variety of applications in prototyping and manufacturing, such as tooling and molding," explains Stratasys' Senior Product Marketing Manager Ron Ellenbogen. "We were able to build on the success of our triple-jetting technology and expand the Objet500 Connex family with two 3D production systems that we believe set new standards for 3D printing price performance."

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/production-series

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Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) released a previously announced extension to its range of flexible and rigid material options for the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer.

Hundreds of new rubber-like color materials and many rigid ones combined with existing options, allow virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid, and translucent-to-opaque colors in a single print run. The new color options are ideal for creating medical, automotive and consumer product components in popular gray along with vibrant color components that offer true-to-life aesthetics. This allows the production of complete products without manual assembly. And it allows product designers to validate designs and make decisions further in advance of tooling to improve designs and reduce tooling costs, reduce development cycle and time-to-market.

"The Objet500 Connex3 is the only 3D printer that combines colors with multi-material 3D printing. The ability to mix rigid, flexible, transparent and opaque colors offers users unprecedented versatility to design and perfect products faster," says Stratasys Director of Materials & Applications Fred Fischer. "By extending the range of material options available, users can improve workflow speeds and enhance efficiency."

Ranging from transparent to opaque and spanning a wide selection of Shore A values, the new flexible color options comprise six rubber material palettes. These consist of:

  • Three flexible 72-color palettes, composed of rubber-like (TangoPlus) and combinations of rigid opaque (VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow) materials.

  • Three flexible 68-color palettes, built with rubber-like (TangoBlackPlus) and combinations of the same rigid opaque (Vero) colors.

Further strengthening its rigid color range, Stratasys also increased the number of gray and subtle color options with:

  • Three 45-color rigid gray palettes, each of which combines rigid VeroWhite and VeroBlack with colors.

  • One 45-hue gray palette, with varying levels of translucency, and which includes a reflective luster for the production of sleek, high-quality parts for products such as consumer electronics.

The new flexible color options are available immediately to Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer owners through a free software update.

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/design-series/precision/objet500-connex3

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FATHOM, an advanced technology driven company with an expertise in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, announced that 3D printing services for the Objet500 Connex3 are now available directly at its Seattle-based production center. This is the second Connex3 system added to the company's list of available service equipment, one of dozens available for additive manufacturing services.

Stratasys introduced the ground-breaking 3D production system at SolidWorks World in January. It is the only machine that creates brilliantly colored prototypes with a range of multi-material options including rigid, flexible, clear, and durable — all in a single build cycle.

"The Objet500 Connex3 offers the most advanced material options out of any other 3D production system in the world", said Rich Stump, Principal at FATHOM. "Users can create beautiful, and functional, 3D printed parts like never before seen. From concept models and functional prototypes to end-use parts, the application uses really are limitless."

With the system's ability to combine vivid color and multiple materials, the Objet500 Connex3 is the only 3D printer that can simulate the precise look, feel, and function of finished products — designs come to life as realistic models earlier in the design process.

"This new system not only offers the best capabilities of any other 3D printer on the market, but it allows users to blend three different materials in a single build cycle," said Dylan Oliver, Northwest General Manager, adding that the Connex3 is a great platform for future material offerings. "Stratasys has a great track record of making new materials available to customers due to their continuous efforts in composite material development."

"We strive to be our customers' preferred partner by providing best-in-class equipment, services, and support," said Oliver. FATHOM recently invested in advanced research and development capabilities to further support its customers' advanced application needs. "My team is located right in the heart of Seattle, making the latest in additive manufacturing locally available."

In January, FATHOM announced it was the first 3D printer partner of Stratasys in North America to purchase an Objet500 Connex3 and offer outsourced multi-material color 3D printing services on the West Coast from its Oakland-based production center.

For companies looking to bring this technology in-house, the industry leading system is also available for purchase from FATHOM.

For more information, visit: www.studiofathom.com

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Stratasys, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS) announced the debut of "Gemini", a two-part chaise lounge designed by Neri Oxman, Architect, Designer and Professor of Media, Arts and Science at MIT, in collaboration with Professor W. Craig Carter, Department of Materials Science and Engineering of MIT, using Stratasys' Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer and CNC milling by Le Laboratoire.

Conveying the relationship of twins in the womb through material properties and their spatial arrangement, Gemini combines both traditional and innovative manufacturing processes and was unveiled at the "Vocal Vibrations" exhibition at La Laboratoire in Paris, France.

The two piece cocoon-like structure combines subtractive and additive manufacturing and continues Oxman's exploration of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printing technology, which enables a variety of material properties and color combinations to be printed in a single build.

"The twin chaise spans multiple scales of the human existence extending from the warmth of the womb to the stretches of the Gemini zodiac in deep space. It recapitulates a human cosmos, our body, like the constellation, drifting in quiet space. Here the duality of nature is expressed through the combination of traditional materials and state of the art 3D printing," says Oxman. "Stratasys new multi- material color 3D printing capability has allowed me to create a rich dialog between sound and light, rigid and flexible, natural and man-made materials and high and low spatial frequencies in ways that were impossible until now".

In a design commission to explore how materials interact with the human body, the twin chaise features an enclosure which cushions the body within a colored, multi-material 3D printed cocoon, replicating the tranquillity of the womb. A solid wood shell house provides the protective exterior. Lining Gemini from the inside are 44 composite PolyJet digital materials, including color. The 3D printed 'skin' uses Stratasys' unique triple jetting technology and combines three base materials: Stratasys' rubber-like TangoPlus, rigid VeroYellow and VeroMagenta, forming varying shades of transparent and opaque yellows and oranges, in different rigidities. The materials, shapes and surfaces of the 3D printed skin enable a unique vibrational acoustic effect for a quiet calming environment.

"Gemini is fundamentally about the complex and contradictory relationship between twins, which is mirrored in the geometrical forms of the two-part chaise and the dualities that drive their formation, such as the combination of natural and synthetic materials," explains Professor Oxman. "The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer and technology enabled us to print 44 material combinations that not only target specific pressure points on the body to form a sensorial landscape, but also act as a soundproof anechoic chamber, an architecture for quieting the mind."'

Gemini features separate, independent parts that together form an enclosure: Gemini Alpha and Gemini Beta. They are inspired by the mythical relationship between the Dioskouri twins, Castor, born of man (named Gemini Beta after the star in the Northern constellation of Gemini) and Pollux born divine (named Gemini Alpha after the second brightest star in the constellation of Gemini).

In keeping with Greek mythology, the first piece, Gemini Alpha recapitulates the form of a swan, as it is believed that Leda, the twins' mother, became pregnant with Pollux after being seduced by Zeus in the disguise of a swan. Inspired by the lingual root of the word 'swan', "sound" or "to sing," Gemini Alpha includes a sound enclosure featuring a range of Stratasys 3D printed PolyJet digital materials with varying elastic and acoustical properties. Surface features that are more curved than others are assigned more elastic properties thereby increasing sound absorption around local chambers.

"I wanted to reproduce the calming and still ambience of the fetus' prenatal experience," explains Professor Oxman. "The 3D printed sound-proof skin brings the whole concept to life, transporting the visitor once seated within the chaise to ultimate serenity."

Gemini Beta, to be unveiled at the Laboratoire Cambridge exhibition in October 2014, is designed to complete its twin, creating a full enclosure, however it can also function as an independent chaise when positioned upside down.

Commenting on Gemini as a key aspect of Vocal Vibrations, David Edwards, founder and director of Le Laboratoire, Paris, says, "We are delighted to be collaborating with Neri Oxman, whose ground-breaking creations continue to wow audiences while demonstrating the dramatic potential of 3D printing within the design world. In fact, this will be the first time that Le Laboratoire has featured a 3D printed piece and we expect the Gemini chaise will prove to be an attention-grabbing aspect of Vocal Vibrations."

"Once again Professor Neri Oxman has demonstrated her ability to push the boundaries of design and manufacturing with the help of Stratasys color multi-material 3D printing," says Arita Mattsoff, Vice President Marketing for Stratasys. "This is a truly unique, functional piece of art that combines traditional manufacturing techniques with cutting edge 3D printing technology. We are seeing more and more designers embrace 3D printing as a powerful new creative tool, enabling them to bring designs they never thought possible to life in a matter of hours."

For more information, visit: www.lelaboratoire.org/en

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Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping, and production, announced the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer.

A game-changer for product design, engineering and manufacturing processes, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer features a unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials as well as color digital materials - all in a single print run. This ability to achieve the characteristics of an assembled part without assembly or painting is a significant time-saver. It helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster.

Engineers at beta user Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wisconsin are using the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer for assessment and testing of accessories like bike chain stay guards and handlebar grips prior to actual production. "The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer changed the way we manufacture at Trek, augmenting our traditional, time-consuming CNC processes with fast, iterative and realistic prototyping and functional testing," says Mike Zeigle, manager of Trek's prototype development group.

"Now we produce bicycle parts that look and feel like production parts. We are particularly excited about 3D printing our models directly in color. This gives our designers the ability to graphically display color contact pressure map data on rider contact parts like seats and grips. We are also working on doing the same with FEA & CFD stress data on structural bike components," adds Zeigle.

Similar to a 2D inkjet printer, three color materials - VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow - are combined to produce hundreds of vivid colors. These color materials join Stratasys' extensive range of PolyJet photopolymer materials including digital materials, rigid, rubber-like, transparent, and high temperature materials to simulate standard and high temperature engineering plastics.

The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer also features six palettes for new rubber-like Tango colors, ranging from opaque to transparent colors in various shore values to address markets such as automotive, consumer and sporting goods and fashion.

"Since its introduction in 2007, the Objet Connex Multi-material 3D printing platform has paved the way for the development of advanced 3D printing materials with unique mechanical and thermal properties," says Stratasys VP of product marketing and sales operations Igal Zeitun. "The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer produces models and parts using photopolymers in vivid colors so you can create colorful models from investigating concepts to pre-production pilot runs.

"As the first true multi-purpose 3D printer, we believe the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is in a league of its own, enabling you to dream up a product in the morning, and hold it in your hands by the afternoon, with the exact intended color, material properties and surface finish."

Ideal for over-molding with Digital ABS and complex multi-material parts, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is designed to enable designers, engineers and manufacturers to create models, molds and parts that match the characteristics of production parts. It 3D prints models and parts with the color, durability and surface finish of end products. This includes achieving excellent mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elongation at break, and multiple hardness shore values, which simulate high performance thermoplastics. It also allows overmolding using durable Digital ABS materials and introduces new Shore A values for Digital ABS, ranging from A27 to A95, a major advantage in manufacturing consumer products.

Featuring a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is ideal for high capacity production. Print jobs can run with about 30kg of resin per cycle. True to the high resolutions available with PolyJet 3D printing technology, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer prints as fine as 16 micron layers for models with superior surface finish and ultra-fine detail.

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com/Objet500Connex3

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Computer Aided Technology, Inc.(CATI) will offer the complete line of 3D Printers and 3D Production Systems from Stratasys Ltd. (the corporate entity formed in 2012 by the merger of 3D printing companies Stratasys, Inc. and Objet Ltd.), starting on January 1st 2013. Since 2008, CATI has been the exclusive Objet 3D Printer Dealer, serving clients in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Kentucky. CATI will continue to offer the Objet inkjet-based 3D Printer Lines and will join a  handful of Stratasys dealers to distribute both Objet inkjet-based and FDM  3D printing technologies. This will add to its current Objet product portfolio of desktop, Eden and multi-material Connex line 3D printers, the Mojo, uPrint, Dimension, and Fortus lines of 3D printers and production systems.  
 
“This is a tremendous opportunity. The addition of Stratasys Technology to our Objet product lineup will benefit our clients greatly, giving them a choice of the best technologies the 3D Printing industry has to offer.  We look forward to our partnership with Stratasys Ltd.,”Rich Werneth, President Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

“The team at CATI has been a valuable asset to the Objet Community as one of our top resellers.  Their experience and commitment to providing clients with complete solutions to their product development challenges made it an easy choice to have them become one of the first dealers in North America to offer both the Objet inkjet-based Technology as well as the Stratasys FDM Technology,” said, Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President Global Field Operations for Stratasys Ltd.

CATI is currently upgrading facilities to accommodate the additional product offerings.

For more information, visit: www.cati.com

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Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS) and Objet Ltd. today announced the completion of their merger, forming a leader in 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing. The combined company will trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange as Stratasys Ltd. ("Stratasys") under the symbol SSYS beginning December 3, 2012. Based on the closing price of Stratasys, Inc. stock on November 30, 2012, the market capitalization of the new company will be approximately $3.0 billion.

Stratasys boasts an impressive portfolio of 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing solutions, with systems that produce parts with a wide range of capabilities and materials. The company will offer three leading technologies: FDM® for functional prototypes and production parts; inkjet-based PolyJet® for prototyping parts with high feature detail and fine surface finish; and Solidscape® Drop-on-Demand ("DoD") thermoplastic ink-jetting technology for complex wax patterns for investment casting of finished parts. With more than 260 channel partners around the world, Stratasys can leverage the extensive geographic reach of its marketing and sales organization to serve customers and grow awareness of 3D printing for rapid prototyping and production. In addition, Stratasys will have a world-class R&D team focused on developing new consumables and systems.

David Reis, chief executive officer of Stratasys, stated, "We are excited to move forward as one company and deliver the benefits this combination creates for our shareholders, our customers and our employees. Stratasys is now uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products and technologies, and we have the scale, team and financial strength to achieve our goals. I look forward to working closely with the board of directors, our senior management team and all of our employees to ensure a seamless transition as we continue to deliver advanced solutions to our customers worldwide."

"We are pleased to announce the successful completion of this merger," said Scott Crump, full-time executive chairman of Stratasys. "With our breadth of products, commitment to innovation, and outstanding, service-focused team, we will be well positioned to address customer needs across the entire 3D design and manufacturing spectrum. The combined company has a deep well of talent and a strong board and management team to lead us successfully as we continue to pave a new way forward for the 3D printing industry."

Transaction Information

Consistent with the terms of the transaction, which was announced on April 16, 2012, Stratasys, Inc. has merged with a subsidiary of Objet, each former Stratasys common share has been converted into the right to receive one newly issued ordinary share of Stratasys Ltd., and Objet has changed its name to Stratasys Ltd. Former Stratasys stockholders hold approximately 55 percent of the combined company's common stock, and former Objet shareholders hold approximately 45 percent on a fully diluted basis using the treasury stock method. Stratasys is maintaining dual headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, and is incorporated in Israel.

Financial Benefits of the Transaction

The transaction is expected to create significant revenue synergies from increased sales, and to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share immediately. Beginning 18 months after closing, Stratasys expects to be generating between $7 and $8 million of annual net cost synergies and between $3 and $4 million in annual tax savings.

Leadership

David Reis, former chief executive officer of Objet, has assumed the role of chief executive officer; Erez Simha, former chief operations officer and chief financial officer of Objet, has assumed the role of chief operations officer (IL) and chief financial officer; Scott Crump, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Stratasys, Inc., has become full-time executive chairman of the board; and Elchanan Jaglom, formerly chairman of Objet, is serving as the full-time chairman of the executive committee.

Integration

Stratasys management will immediately begin the process of fully integrating the two companies, and the company has formed an executive committee comprised of four members of the board of directors to oversee the integration process. In the near term, customers can expect to work with each company as they always have, and in the coming months, will have the ability to purchase both Stratasys and Objet products from one channel partner point of contact.

Advisors

Piper Jaffray & Co. acted as financial advisor to Stratasys and the firms McLaughlin & Stern, LLP, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Latham & Watkins LLP, and Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. acted as its legal advisors. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisor to Objet and the firms Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein and Cooley LLP acted as its legal advisors.

For more information, visit: www.stratasysfora3dworld.com

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Objet Ltd launched today at Euromold the Objet1000, the company’s largest 3D printer to date. Featuring a 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch) wide-format build envelope, the Objet1000 is ideal for automotive, defense and aerospace, industrial machinery, consumer goods and household appliance sectors as well as high-end service bureaus that need to create industrial size, 1:1 scale prototypes.

Ideal for all-round fit, form and functional prototyping, the Objet1000 combines a large and extremely convenient build platform with the advanced precision of inkjet 3D printing and Objet’s renowned Connex multi-material capability – all in a single machine.

According to Objet CEO David Reis, “As our largest ever 3D printing system, the Objet1000 takes advanced inkjet 3D printing technology to the next scale. The system enables our customers in a range of industries to now quickly and effectively prototype anything at full size, 1:1 scale, from whole airplane and automobile assemblies to complete household appliances. The Objet1000 is the next step in the 3D printing revolution”.

"The Objet1000 saves manufacturers and designers from having to assemble prototypes from smaller-sized jigsaw pieces or from having to use various less effective or efficient solutions,” said Igal Zeitun, VP for Product Marketing and Consumables at Objet.

“Unlike comparable 3D printing systems, the Objet100 is just as good at printing 1:1 scale casings that can be drilled, assembled, and screwed together as it is at reproducing the precise look and feel of small, complexly assembled consumer products. The system is easy to use, can work for prolonged unattended periods, and requires only the minimal manpower to operate,” added Zeitun.

The Objet1000 system offers an unrivaled choice of over 100 materials, enabling designers and engineers to simulate both standard and ABS-grade plastics. As with all Objet Connex 3D printers, the Objet1000 is also able to print up to 14 different material properties within a single model.

The Objet1000 also will be introduced at Autodesk University 2012 in Las Vegas. Bruce Bradshaw, Marketing Director for North America, will be presenting “Additive Manufacturing: Affordable? Accessible? Adoptable?” on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. (PST) at Mandalay Bay (Breakers H, Level 2), and media are welcome to visit Objet’s booth, #1101, throughout Autodesk University.

First shipments of the Objet1000 will be to select customers starting from Q2/2013. Wider availability is expected during H2/2013.

Objet1000 Summary of Benefits:

  • Precise 3D printing of very large and very small, finely detailed 3D models
  • Extremely large build envelope – 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch)
  • Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology
  • Wide range of usages and applications to meet Form, Fit & Functional verification needs
  • Simulates standard & ABS-grade engineering plastics
  • Exceptionally reliable with large resin cartridges
  • Requires only small operating teams & unattended jobs
  • Efficient cost of operation & fast ROI
  • Ideal for automotive, aerospace & defense, consumer goods, household appliances, industrial machinery and specialist service bureaus

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3d-printers/connex/objet1000





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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the release of a new and improved Objet Rigid Black Material. The new material provides enhanced dimensional stability and surface smoothness making it ideal for fine detail, all-purpose rapid prototyping.

Based on the new and improved Rigid Black Material, Objet also introduces 16 new Rigid Black and Rubber-like Digital Materials (composite materials made by combining Objet Rigid Black and Objet Rubber-like Material).

For Objet Connex systems exclusively, these 16 new Objet Digital Materials enable the simulation of a variety of rigid/rubber-like properties including:

  • A higher toughness material, simulating polypropylene.
  • A range of flexible materials with different Shore A values from 27 to 95.

The new material combinations enable the easy and accurate prototyping of seals and packaging for consumer goods, consumer electronics and automotive parts. Such models require the combination of rigid and flexible properties within a single prototype of consistent black coloring (see headphones example in image).

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3d-printing-materials/overview

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the release of an accessible, attractively-priced and all-inclusive 3D printing package for schools, colleges, universities and institutes of higher education.

“The Objet30 Scholar Package was developed to make Objet’s 3D printing systems and solutions even more accessible to the strategically important education market,” says Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet. “It provides students and faculties across multiple disciplines – particularly STEM curriculum studies – with increased opportunities to create and prototype advanced design ideas.”

Tailor-made 3D printing solutions for the education market are a strategic objective of Objet. The company’s 3D Printers have been adopted by many of the world’s leading universities and research departments, including Virginia Tech, University of New Orleans, Art Center College of Design, Purdue University, and The Technion.

The package was designed with educators in mind allowing academic institutions to focus on creativity. It includes the Objet30 Scholar professional desktop 3D Printer; two or three year supply of rigid opaque 3D printing materials (Objet RGD240 rigid blue and support material) which Objet will store and deliver on-demand; a desktop Water-Jet system to remove the support material; training for users; maintenance of the 3D Printer; and technical support. Objet30 Scholar customers are also entitled to further discounted 3D printing material re-fill packages.

The Objet30 Scholar provides 28 micron layer accuracy and the material features high-detail visualization for simulating the precise look of standard plastic products. As well as giving students the ability to develop a 3D printing project portfolio, the Objet30 Scholar package provides graduates and post-graduates with valuable knowledge and experience that can help support future design and manufacturing careers in Fortune 500 companies that operate similar professional 3D printing systems.

About the Objet30 Scholar Package

  • Ultra-high resolution accuracy, typically 0.1 mm (0.0039 inch)
  • Produces models with smooth surfaces, fine details & moving parts
  • Suitable for small spaces, offices and desktop operation
  • Can be used with all types of 3D CAD software
  • Tray Size (X×Y×Z) 300x200x150mm (11.81x7.87x5.9 inches)

Package Benefits

  • A one-time package for 2 or 3 years
  • No material storage headaches
  • On-demand materials, delivered when needed
  • High resolution 3D printing for simulating the precise look of students’ intended end product

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/industries/education/objet30-scholar

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Award-winning water pump and heating system manufacturer, Whale, today announced an increase in new business following the purchase of an Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer for its headquarters in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The introduction of Objet Connex multi-material technology means the company can now prototype design concepts with supreme accuracy and undertake robust testing using watertight digital materials - helping the company to bring its products to market quicker than ever before.

"We saw Objet Connex multi-material technology as a means to provide a broad capability," comments Richard Bovill, Whale Design Engineering Manager. "The range of materials from rigid to rubber gives us a great advantage when recreating production parts, especially the water tight material, as it allows us to carry out robust tests that can reduce the product development process by weeks or even months."

Over the past three years Whale has issued 15 worldwide design patents, driven by its culture of innovation throughout the business, supplying first class products to the marine, caravan and motorhome, shower drainage and industrial markets. To maintain its leadership in these markets, Whale added an Objet Connex 3D Printer to its portfolio of rapid prototyping solutions to expand its capabilities when designing new products and making improvements to current solutions.

"Using Objet Connex multi-material technology we can now produce rubber, over-molded, transparent and waterproof models, allowing us to recreate design faults and identify ways we can improve our products in a much more cost effective and timely manner," says Managing Director Patrick Hurst. "This has enabled us to increase our existing business and create new business opportunities, whilst maintaining the level of innovation our customers are accustomed to."

With the Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer currently in operation 24 hours a day, Whale are using a large variety of materials to deal with the demand and diversity of its customer's design projects.

"Having such a wide range of shore hardness and the ability to print rubber parts, means that it is like having three machines in one. We can now deliver our customers a finished high quality model in as little as 24 hours," concludes Hurst.

Whale purchased the Objet Connex 3D Printer through Objet UK distributor HK Rapidprototyping. Nigel Bunt, Sales Director at HK Rapidprototyping, adds: "The Objet Connex provided Whale the ideal solution for their product design projects. Whale has now become more flexible and thus increased its workflow capacity."

For more information, visit: www.whalepumps.com/technical-services/home.aspx

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Objet Ltd., announced today that the Objet Eden260V is the printer of choice for a new South African company 3D Digital Dental. Objet’s 3D printing systems can provide the dental profession and their patient’s access to cutting edge technology for rapidly manufacturing dental requirements, such as stone models and surgical guides 3D printed in bio-compatible material. The Objet Eden260V was named Dental Lab Products Magazine’s “Best of the Best Products” list for 2011.

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet, explains: “3D Digital Dental will provide a 3D print bureau service for dentists needing to print models for customers. Dental labs who are digital with CAD/CAM but require models for end process and final checking prior to shipping to their dentists will also derive benefit from this bureau.”

3D Digital Dental, based in Rosebank, Johannesburg, is the brainchild of Dr. Dharmesh Mistry, a practicing orthodontist. The company will provide a model printing service to dental technicians and dentists who need models for crowns and bridges. In addition, the Objet 3D Printer will be used to create orthodontic appliances, retainers and removal appliances.

“By having the Objet 3D Printer in-house, we will not only reduce time by eliminating the need to create plaster models, but will free up time to focus on more important tasks involving treatment planning,” says Dr. Mistry. “In addition to traditional uses, we will also be able to fabricate surgical stents and models in bio compatible material, which can be used for training purposes in implant courses, amongst others. We are very excited about this purchase and look forward to reaping the rewards in a very short space of time – not only from a financial perspective but also from time saved, which increases productivity and profitability.”

3D Digital Dental customers are not limited to dentists and orthodontists already practicing: "Dental and Medical schools will also benefit as they can now create cost effective models for their educational courses," Objet's Head of Medical Solutions, Avi Cohen, says, "not to mention the field of Craniofacial Surgery, which will benefit from being able to create models in order to treatment plan, teach and train students how to perform procedures or generate models from CT scans for surgical planning."

“With this purchase of our first 3D Printer we aim to be a partner for the dental and medical industries,” Dr. Mistry adds. “In addition we are well positioned to service requirements into sub Saharan Africa as well. Our ultimate goal is to expand in the future and purchase more machines to best serve the industry’s burgeoning requirements.”

For more information, visit: www.objetdental.com

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Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing applications, announced that Stratasys stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with Objet Ltd. at a special meeting of Stratasys stockholders. More than 99% of the shares voting at the special meeting voted in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement.

As previously announced on April 16, 2012, Stratasys and Objet entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. In accordance with the terms of the merger agreement, Stratasys will merge with a subsidiary of Objet, and each former Stratasys common share will be converted into the right to receive one newly issued share of the combined company’s common stock.

The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks. Following the completion of the merger, the combined company will trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange as Stratasys Ltd. under the symbol SSYS.

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com or www.objet.com

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Objet Ltd., will be showcasing its advanced 3D printing solutions by highlighting the impact on Hollywood films at SIGGRAPH 2012 from Aug. 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer at Legacy Effects, will discuss the intersection of 3D printing and Hollywood on Aug. 8 at 10 a.m., in Room 301B. He will demonstrate how 3D technology is used in the design and prototyping of characters for Hollywood films. Some of the 3D-printed models of Legacy characters on display during the presentation, as well as in Objet's Booth (#235) throughout SIGGRAPH, include the Hulk from "Marvel: The Avengers" and Wahoon and John Carter from "John Carter."

The models demonstrate the breadth and versatility of Objet's industry-leading 107 digital materials, which are capable of simulating properties ranging from varying grades of rubber to ABS-grade engineering plastics, as well as simulating clear transparency. In Booth #235, Objet will be showcasing these materials on three of its printers: the Objet24 desktop, the Objet Eden260V professional and the Objet Connex350 multi-material 3D Printers.

"Objet's technology has allowed us to bring creativity and imagination to life in ways we never thought possible," Lopes said. "Anything we can think up, Objet 3D printers can prototype in a matter of hours."
    
WHO:
Bruce Bradshaw, Objet
Jason Lopes, Legacy Effects
   
WHAT:
3D Printing's Impact on Hollywood Blockbusters
   
WHERE:
SIGGRAPH 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center
   
WHEN:
Jason Lopes presentation - Aug. 8, 10-11 a.m. in Room 301B
Hollywood Models on display - Aug. 7-9 in Objet Booth #235

For more information, visit: s2012.siggraph.org

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing will showcase the company’s recently expanded range of over 100 3D printing materials at this year’s TCT exhibition. Also in the spotlight is the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer, recently launched to the market with a range of seven 3D printing materials including High Temperature and Clear Transparent materials.

“Once again Objet will have new materials and technologies for visitors to explore at TCT,” comments Eric Bredin, Objet European Marketing Director. “Objet delivers the most valuable advancements for our customers in order for them to further develop the variety of 3D printing applications for rapid prototyping in fit, form and function testing. The recent addition of 39 new Digital Materials brought the Objet range of 3D printing materials to a record-breaking 107; and they can all be seen at TCT, from rigid to rubber-like, standard to ABS-like and from transparent to opaque.”

TCT visitors will also be able to see the latest addition to the Objet portfolio of 3D Printers, including the latest Objet30 Pro desktop 3D Printer, running live on the stand. Collcap Packaging Ltd., an Objet customer creating innovative cosmetic, perfumery and personal care packaging, trialled the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer before its launch. Technical Manager Adam Smith experienced the benefits of the versatile 3D printer first-hand: “We knew a desktop machine would meet our capacity requirements quite happily, but for the packaging work we do, we really wanted the range of materials that has previously only been available with bigger machines. The clear transparent material for instance is ideal for prototyping our bespoke fragrance bottles and other glass or clear plastic products, whilst the range of coloured rigid materials work perfectly for simulating plastic bottles, caps and fittings. The excellent surface finish and detail provided by the Objet30 Pro are also crucial so that our eye-catching designs look and feel as they’re supposed to when we present them to our customers for approval.”

Objet will highlight the versatility of its 3D printing technology, machines and materials with some exceptionally realistic 3D models on stand P18 at TCT, Birmingham NEC from 25-26th September.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials or www.tctshow.com



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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing has announced 39 new 'Digital Materials' available with its Objet Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems. This development places Objet customers at the forefront of additive manufacturing in terms of range of possible printing materials to choose from. Customers can now select from 107 materials ranging from rigid to rubber-like substances in terms of texture, standard to ABS-grade engineering plastic in terms of toughness, as well as from transparent to opaque, in terms of clarity and shades.

90 of the 107 materials made available by Objet are 'Digital Materials', derived by the composite mixing of primary Objet materials. This enables designers, engineers and manufacturers to simulate very precise material properties to closely resemble their intended end-product with the greatest level of realism. The use of the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer allows users to also combine up to 14 of these materials; such as rigid and flexible, or opaque and transparent materials, at the same time in a single consistent model.

According to David Reis, CEO for Objet, "With 39 new Digital Materials, Objet have become the first 3D printing company to break the 100 materials barrier. Considering that we had half this number just a few short years ago, this growth in material choice confirms our commitment to consistently deliver new and enhanced material properties to our customers," explains Reis. These new materials will be used by design and manufacturing companies in virtually every industry segment and in every stage of their product prototyping process from form modeling to fit testing and functional verification.

The company has also today launched two new material enhancements. It now offers a new and improved Objet Rigid Black material (Objet VeroBlackPlus) providing increased dimensional stability and surface smoothness for all-purpose rapid prototyping applications.* Objet's 2011-released High Temperature material, offering the high thermal functionality of engineering plastics will be available on all Objet Connex and Objet EdenV 3D Printers and the new Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer.

Objet's Digital Materials™ are multi-phase composite materials fabricated by the Objet Connex 3D printing system. The main purpose of Digital Materials is to combine different materials to produce a new material with new attributes that are not available in the separate individual constituents.

Objet's Digital Materials are generated on-the-fly based on the two distinct cartridge-based materials that are installed in the system.

The Objet Connex family of 3D printers is able to simultaneously print two resin materials to create nearly 90 different types of Digital Materials. Together with an initial choice of 17 cartridge-ready materials, this gives users an overall choice of 107 different materials and composite material combinations.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Digital_Materials

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Objet Ltd , announced the launch of the new Objet30 Pro – the most versatile professional in-house desktop 3D printer available on the market – in Japan. The new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material. Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries including consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies. Objet30 Pro will be showcased at DMS from Jun 20 – 22, 2012 at Tokyo Big Sight.

Objet30 Pro is the top-of-the-line addition to Objet’s existing desktop 3D printer line which starts at JPY1,980,000*, offering professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, opening the doors to limitless possibilities.

Mr. Eric Goguy, President & CEO of Objet Japan Co. Ltd commented, “Demand for 3D printers has been growing steadily over the years on a global level. At the same time, 3D printing applications are becoming more diverse due to the increasingly complex requirements as a result of the ever-changing market conditions. The need to shorten time-to-market has become a critical competitive advantage; thus rapid prototyping is indeed a cost-effective solution for many manufacturers. We believe that such trend will in turn heighten the demand for 3D printers such as the Objet30 Pro, one that is versatile, compact and most importantly, without compromising quality.”

Objet30 Pro, together with Objet’s full range of 3D printing systems, will be showcased at the Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo (DMS) from Jun 20 -22, 2012 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan (Booth No. 24-34 and 21-42 (Altech Co., Ltd., Objet’s distributor in Japan). DMS is Japan’s largest exhibition gathering various kinds of IT solutions such as CAD, CAE, ERP, production systems, attracting a significant number of professionals from design development, production engineering, and information systems departments.

For more information, visit: www.dms-tokyo.jp/en or www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Desktop_Family/#objet30

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Using Objet's rapid prototype technology, ISO 9001:2008 company Griswold Controls has developed techniques with 3D printing and rapid prototyping that minimize the time and costs to develop new products.

This webinar will cover the major areas of impact potential for your customers, suppliers, manufacturing team and what every stakeholder desires; a healthy bottom line to strengthen the business.

Additionally, Objet will talk about how its technology redefines the engineer's toolset. With new tools and new techniques, you can approach design goals from a completely new perspective. Objet would like to share how Griswold Controls uses Objet's products to transform the design process and save money.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • How Objet 3D Printing has redefined the Engineer's toolset by providing a new perspective
  • How to cut cost with a quicker and more effective design process
  • About Prototype Parts made for testing and functionality
  • How 3D Printing provides a communication tool that benefits all departments

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

For more information or to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/726992722

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ClearCorrect LLC, a leading manufacturer of clear aligners, today announced collaboration with Objet Ltd., the innovative leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. ClearCorrect is making Objet's high resolution, 3D printing systems an integral part of its mass-scale manufacturing of custom-made orthodontic aligners. Together, ClearCorrect and Objet are bringing the advantages of digital 3D printing technology to orthodontics.

The ClearCorrect manufacturing center, located in Houston, Texas, is one of the most advanced digital production centers in the USA. Essential to its operation are a number of recently installed Objet 3D printing systems, making ClearCorrect a major user of the technology in the dental industry. "With the recent implementation of these Objet 3D printing systems, we now have the means to scale rapidly and efficiently in the global market while maintaining the highest quality," commented ClearCorrect CEO, Jarrett Pumphrey.

The Objet 3D printing systems are a key component of the ClearCorrect process in that they produce the plastic models of each step of the patient's treatment. ClearCorrect then thermoforms the models to create the clear aligners. Instead of just sending the doctors the clear aligners for the patient, ClearCorrect includes the plastic models along with the clear aligners so that the doctors can use them as needed to fabricate replacement aligners should a patient lose or break an aligner. This way, both the doctor and the patient benefit in costs and saving time as usually a patient would have to wait a couple weeks to receive the replacement aligner.

"Objet and ClearCorrect have worked together to implement Objet's ultra-thin layer, high-resolution 3D printing solutions in the ClearCorrect production process," said Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet. "We expect this cooperation will increase overall manufacturing productivity and by bringing together the ClearCorrect system and technology with Objet's 3D printing systems, we shall achieve top results for the benefit of users worldwide".

ClearCorrect works with more than 11,000 doctors making it a leading manufacturer of clear aligners. The company offers a more affordable and doctor-friendly approach, including a phase-based delivery system to enhance flexibility and control for doctors.

For more information, visit: www.objetdental.com or www.clearcorrect.com

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rapid prototype and manufacturing (rp+m), located in Avon Lake, Ohio, is receiving their first Objet machine.  Next week rp+m, a product development and prototyping company, is expanding their capabilities by purchasing Objet’s largest build machine, the Objet Connex500.  With this 3D printer, rp+m will be able to simulate an overmold or 2 shot process using Objet’s hard and soft touch material as well as run up to 14 materials in a single build.

rp+m is a sister company of Thogus, an engineering company whose expertise is in plastic injection molding.  rp+m became it’s own entity in 2011 due to the growing demand of rapid prototyping.   With a team of mechanical and biomedical engineers, rp+m can also provide product design, quality and regulatory services.

Features:

  • largest build envelope (19.7 in. X 15.7 in. X 7.9 in.)
  • run up to 14 materials in one build
  • soft touch material
  • simulate overmold or 2 shot process
  • near water clear material
  • quick build times (.75 in./ hour / per strip)
  • very high resolution and accuracy

Markets:

  • animation & entertainment
  • architecture
  • automotive
  • consumer electronics
  • consumer goods
  • defense
  • dental
  • educational
  • hearing Aid
  • industrial machinery
  • jewelry
  • medical
  • medical equipment
  • sporting Goods
  • toys

For more information, visit: www.rpplusm.com

Objet AP Ltd., has announced the launch of the new Objet30 Pro – at Die & Mould China (Booth No. A290), to be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China on May 31 – Jun 3 2012. The new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material.

The Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries such as consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies.

The Objet30 Pro takes its place as the new top-of-the-line addition to Objet's existing desktop 3D printer line. With a small footprint, professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, the Objet30 Pro produces high quality prototypes with a choice of 7 different materials and functional properties, offering designers and engineers a world of possibilities:

  • Objet clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear) for simulating PMMA/glass;
  • Objet High temperature material for heat-resistant static functional testing;
  • Objet polypropylene-like material (Objet DurusWhite) for simulating snap-fit parts; and
  • Four rigid, opaque materials for standard plastic simulation (Objet Vero Family in black, white, gray, and blue).


Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer

  • The ultimate prototyping solution for designers and engineers
  • Ideal for consumer goods, consumer electronics, medical devices and design consultancies
  • Combines the accuracy and versatility of a high-end Rapid Prototyping machine with a small footprint
  • 7 different materials; the world’s only desktop 3D printer with clear transparent, high temperature, four rigid opaque and polypropylene-like materials.
  • Reliable, robust and easy to use
  • Based on Objet's advanced inkjet 3D printing technology, the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer offers an office-friendly design, with quiet operation and REACH-compliant material cartridges for convenient replacement.
  • The Objet30 Pro desktop system features a spacious build tray size of 300 x 200 x 150mm - suitable for printing various-sized and shaped models or multiple models on the same build tray at the same time.
  • The expanded material capabilities of the Objet30 Pro are available as an upgrade for existing Objet30 or Objet Alaris30 desktop 3D printer customers.

Die & Mould China 2012 is the largest annual manufacturing exhibition in China that aims to strengthen manufacturing through technology, innovation and education, showcasing the latest products and constantly evolving technologies in the expanding die and mould industry.

Die & Mould China 2012
May 31 – Jun 3 2012 (Thu - Sun)
Hall E1 – E6, Shanghai New International Expo Centre

For more information, visit: www.diemouldchina.com or www.objet.com

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced it is cooperating with world-leading consumer products company Keter Plastic Ltd to create an exhibit of 3D-printed art pieces as part of an innovative project to highlight young designers' talents and support at-risk youth.

For the project, 70 art pieces were designed by d-Vision, the design internship program by Keter Plastic and then 3D printed by Objet. The art pieces will be exhibited at the Holon Design Museum, one of the leading museums for design and contemporary culture, on May 30th. The art pieces will be auctioned at a special gala event to benefit ELEM and 'Mifalot Chinuch Chevra', both non-profit organizations that seek to help at-risk youth.

The designers at d-Vision developed their concepts in 3D CAD software and then 3D printed them on Objet's 3D printers. Created in rigid opaque materials, Objet's high resolution 3D printers were able to precisely create real-life 3D renditions of the designs - creating true works of art.

"This project brings together many elements that are central to d-Vision: outstanding design and art, advanced technology, and commitment to our community," said Professor Ezri Tarazi, head of the d-Vision program. "We were delighted to see how our young designers' artistic ideas turned into spectacular reality through the high-quality 3D printing capabilities of Objet. We are looking forward to seeing how our combined efforts will eventually help make a difference in young people's lives, through the money raised by auctioning the art pieces for ELEM and Mifalot Chinuch."

Commenting on the project, David Reis, CEO for Objet said: "We are delighted to be participating in this very prestigious design project and proud to be contributing to the commendable work of ELEM and Mifalot Chinuch in working to ensure a better future for our youth. By pairing d-Vision's innovative and artistic designs with Objet's advanced 3D printing technology, we have created a powerful platform to expand the boundaries of art and design while contributing to the betterment of the community."

d-Vision was established in 2005  and is a unique internship program  and the first of its kind in Israel, for product development and design. The project was envisioned by Sami Sagol, owner and chairman of Keter Group, with the aim of integrating between Academy in industrial design, product engineering and technology to the needs and future development of industry. Its focal point is to fill the missing link between Academia and Industry, with the aim of cultivating the next generation of excellent young designers and product developers that combine creativity with technology application.

Every year 15 outstanding design graduates are selected from the Design Academies in Israel: Bezalel, Shenkar, Holon Institute of Technology and Hadassa.  During the two year program they get professional experience in product development for the international market.

The interns also develop innovative concepts, new and cutting-edge technologies are introduced to renowned designers and visit professional international fairs.

d-Vision exhibited in international fairs such as Salone Satellite in Milano, in the Dutch Design Week and others.

Prof. Ezri Tarazi and Ms. Tzipi Kunda head the program.

The program includes sponsored Masters Degree in Designing and offers job positions in Keter to the graduates of the program.

The program also promotes contribution to the community and each team engages in a special community project. This year the program managers decided that the contribution will focus on two organizations: "Elem, Youth in Distress" and "Education and Social Projects".

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, features in a Sky News report on 3D printing today. In an interview with Professor Richard Hague, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing (which will be led by the University of Nottingham from July 1st), Sky News reveals how 3D printing is used in the process of design optimization.

Using time-lapse photography, a classic car model is shown being printed layer-by-layer on an Objet30 Desktop 3D printer, provided by Objet UK distributor OPS. "I'd like the Sky News viewers to understand some of the incredible capabilities of 3D printing," comments Professor Hague. "In particular, my focus with the research we do at the EPSRC Centre is on multi-functional 3D printing, 3D printing with metals and the design freedoms that can be achieved with these processes. The time-lapse footage demonstrates the concept of 3D printing very simply. Then, to illustrate the multi-functional aspect, I use - amongst others - parts printed with the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer which have been embedded with conductive, optical or biological tracks - so viewers can imagine the real-life and potential applications made possible by this technology."

To view the video, visit: news.sky.com/home/technology/article/16234942

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Objet Ltd, has launched the new Objet30 Pro – the most versatile professional in-house desktop 3D printer available on the market. Unveiled at RAPID, the new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material.

The Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries such as consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies.

The Objet30 Pro takes its place as the new top-of-the-line addition to Objet's existing desktop 3D printer line which starts at $19,900. With a small footprint, professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, the Objet30 Pro produces high quality prototypes with a choice of 7 different materials and functional properties, offering designers and engineers a world of possibilities:

  • Objet clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear) for simulating PMMA/glass;
  • Objet High temperature material for heat-resistant static functional testing;
  • Objet polypropylene-like material (Objet DurusWhite) for simulating snap-fit parts; and
  • Four rigid, opaque materials for standard plastic simulation (Objet Vero Family in black, white, gray, and blue).

“Having the correct tools and resources to advance our product development is critical for our organization,” said Gregory Janice, Engineering Manager at Princeton Tec. “The Objet30 Pro's ability to print parts made with a clear transparent material on a desktop 3D printer combined with its ease of use and versatility made the Objet30 Pro a sound investment for our team.”

Collcap Packaging Ltd., an Objet customer creating innovative cosmetic, perfumery and personal care packaging, has also been testing the new Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer. Adam Smith, Technical Manager at Collcap, comments, “We knew a desktop machine would meet our capacity requirements quite happily, but for the packaging work we do, we really wanted the range of materials that has previously only been available with bigger machines. The clear transparent material for instance is ideal for prototyping our bespoke fragrance bottles and other glass or clear plastic products, whilst the range of colored rigid materials work perfectly for simulating plastic bottles, caps and fittings. The excellent surface finish and detail provided by the Objet30 Pro are also crucial so that our eye-catching designs look and feel as they’re supposed to when we present them to our customers for approval.”

"The Objet30 Pro is the next evolution in desktop 3D printers developed specifically for professional users", said David Reis, CEO of Objet. “This desktop 3D printer provides outstanding print quality with a choice of seven materials that until now could only be found in much larger, high-end 3D printers. The Objet30 Pro is the perfect combination of professional, versatile in-house 3D printing at an attractive price point," concluded Reis.

The Objet30 Pro will be on display at RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, Atlanta Georgia until May 25th.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Desktop_Family/#objet30





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Objet Ltd, the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today announced the establishment of Objet Japan KK ('Objet Japan'), a new joint venture formed together with the 3D Printer division of Fasotec Co. Ltd ('Fasotec'), Objet's longstanding distributor in the region. The new entity is established in line with Objet's global strategy to offer local support in key strategic markets, meeting the increasingly intricate requirements due to complexity of product portfolio and adapting to suit unique local conditions. Objet holds majority of ownership share of the new entity.

Objet has been providing the Japanese market cutting-edge 3D printing technology since 2003.  Demand for the latest technology and advanced applications have been growing steadily over the years, and are expected to continue. Driven by the advanced requests, the new entity is established to be closer to the market for better understanding of specifications and to keep with the pace of the fast-changing Japanese market. Combining the experience of market knowledge and industry best-practices, Objet Japan is committed to satisfy both partners and customers on both products and services.

Registration of the new entity was completed on April 20, 2012 and commencement of business operation is set to be in effect from July 1. Eric Goguy is appointed as the CEO of Objet Japan.

"Today marks a significant milestone for Objet. Japan is one of our key strategic markets. The local establishment is our commitment to invest in geographies that offer strong growth potential," Gilad Yron, Managing Director of Objet AP, commented, "Japan is a very special market in which innovative technology, advanced applications and new materials are in high demand. Objet has invested significantly in R&D responding to these demands and we feel that the establishment of local presence will put us in a better position to offer the most appropriate solutions and support suited to the Japanese market. Leveraging the expertise of the two companies, I am confident that the new joint venture will bring forward new opportunities to our channel partners and customers."

"We are very excited to join forces with Objet," said Shukichi Shimada, President and CEO of Fasotec. "Fasotec became Objet's first distributor in Japan in 2003 and we've since witnessed the growth of the 3D printer market as expected. The market still offers a lot of potential and growth is expected to continue. In addition, Objet's product portfolio has also expanded tremendously, consisting of a range of 3D printing systems and materials that are suitable for users from entry level to professional level. Our decision on the collaboration signifies our confidence in the market and our commitment to offer quality solution and service."

"The 3D printing industry is growing rapidly and is revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape. I wanted to be a part of a company that is at the forefront of driving this growth," Eric Goguy, CEO of Objet Japan, remarked. "The local presence signifies our confidence in the region. I look forward to providing this market with the technology it needs and offering highest quality services and support to our stakeholders."

Fasotec Co., Ltd. is engaged in the PLM (Product Life Cycle) business as a provider of engineering solutions, mainly CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM systems, through technology and know-how regarding 3D digital data utilization. Fasotec is also involved in the CAP (Computer Aided Prototyping) business, offering 3D printers and prototyping materials from Objet along with maintenance services, as well as offering prototyping outsourcing services. Fasotec's main customer base comprises the automotive industry, plus a wide range of other sectors including electrical/electronics, aerospace, and consumables. Recently, the company has also entered new sectors such as healthcare, by combining digital data processing with 3D printing and prototyping technology. Fasotec was established in 1983, and currently has subsidiaries in Japan and China.

For more information, visit: www.fasotec.co.jp

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Objet Asia Pacific will showcase the Objet260 Connex and Objet30 at the Objective 3D Pty Ltd booth during (Noat National Manufacturing Week (NMW 2012), to be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on 8-11 May 2012.

In collaboration with its partner, Objective 3D, Objet will showcase its cutting-edge Connex multi-material technology – Objet260 Connex together with its latest professional desktop 3D printer – Objet30 – at the exhibition. Objet260 Connex is a compact, attractively priced edition of Objet’s pioneering line of multi-material 3D printers, offering a choice of over 60 different build materials from which it can simultaneously build 14 different materials into a single model part, thereby providing a highly accurate idea of how complex or assembled end products would look and perform. Objet30 is the only office-friendly desktop system capable of printing high-quality, finely detailed models in a choice of 5 different materials, introducing the most advanced desktop 3D printing to design agencies, engineering companies, consultancies and service providers of every size.

Objet 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing any geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts.

NMW 2012 is the largest annual manufacturing exhibition in Australia that aims to strengthen manufacturing through technology, innovation and education, showcasing the latest products and constantly evolving technologies in the expanding manufacturing market.
    
For more information, visit: www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au



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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today released key statistical results from its 2011 Customer Survey, showing year over year improvements in key areas including overwhelmingly positive impressions of Objet, its customer service and its products' performance. The survey was distributed worldwide, in 12 languages and 45 countries.

Approximately 80% of respondents said their general satisfaction with Objet was "high" or "very high"; and a similar percentage said they were either "likely" or "very likely" to recommend Objet to others customers. Perceptions of Objet 3D Printers' performance also rose from 2010 to 2011, with strong gains in marks related to ease of use, ease of maintenance, reliability, and overall satisfaction with the Objet 3D printers.

The percentages of customers who gave Objet the highest mark (5 out of 5) for various aspects of service rose almost 12%. Specifically, 82% said their satisfaction with local service and support was "high" or "very high" (i.e. 4 or 5 out of 5), while 79% gave the same top rating for the service and support provided to customers under Objet's various service contract offerings.  

The high scores for product reliability and customer service were rated as highly significant in Objet customer's purchasing decision matrix. 82% of the surveyed customers said that reliability and service were among the key parameters when selecting an Objet 3D Printer. Of all parameters considering during the purchasing process, reliability and service were rated third most important, right after accuracy and surface finish.

Jason Lopes, systems engineer at Legacy Effects, described the kind of service he has come to expect from Objet: "I was blown away by the great service I received when a part on our Objet Eden260V went out at 5pm PST on Friday and I didn't know how we were going to meet our deadline. But, we received a replacement part and were back up and running by 12noon on Monday, even though it was a holiday. It's reasons like this why I will always stand behind Objet! Thanks for awesome service, support and for being there when we needed it. Objet is a HUGE reason for our continued success!"

The comments of Jürgen Fuchs, Head of Rapid Prototyping at B. Braun Melsungen AG, are typical of many Objet customer views. He said: "I have always been very satisfied with the service and new developments provided by Objet and hope it stays that way."

Objet also rated highly in comparison to other 3D printing technologies. Two-thirds (66%) of Objet customers ranked their satisfaction with Objet compared to other vendors as "high" or "very high". Between 79% and 90% ranked Objet model quality and resolution as "higher" or "much higher" over other models, depending on the specific technology.

This is the third consecutive year that Objet has conducted a survey among its worldwide customers. According to Objet's CEO, David Reis, "The well-being and satisfaction of our customers is a fundamental part of who we are as a company. Objet is highly committed to maintaining its edge in quality service and addressing our customers' requirements. We build on every year's survey results by setting cross company goals and the necessary tools to measure our improvement."

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

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Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is to be an official sponsor of the ‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, starting May 2nd 2012. The exhibition features pieces from Neri Oxman, Artist, Architect, Designer and Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose work has been created using Objet multi-material 3D printing – a capability unique to Objet Connex technology.

The Centre Pompidou is one of the most visited attractions in France with some 3 million visitors every year. This year's ‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition (May 2nd – August 6th) focuses on the future of industry and deals with new creative tools. Visitors will be drawn by 15 different projects created by a new generation of young designers exploring the intersection of technology and art.

“The sponsorship of this exhibition is momentous for our business as a broader awareness of 3D printing technology is key to the industry’s future rapid growth,” states David Reis, Objet CEO. “The 3D printing industry has the potential to invigorate how we think about product design, art and engineering. The process enables artists, designers and engineers to rapidly create whole assemblies, unique artistic geometries and functional prototypes straight from a 3D design.”

Objet is inviting the media to attend its Private VIP Media Event on Friday 4th May, which includes a guided tour of the‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition, accompanied by Neri Oxman. Taking place from 8.30-11.00am at the Centre Pompidou, the event starts with a VIP breakfast buffet in the Restaurant Georges on the 6th floor, with panoramic views of the Paris skyline. The Objet Media Event is by free invitation only; as number of participants is limited, to get your personal invitation early registration is required*:

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/pompidou-media-event

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Objet Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing,today announced the appointment of an Altech Co. Ltd. subsidiary as a new Objet distributor in the East China region. This appointment expands the partnership between Objet and Altech into the Chinese market, and opens new opportunities to both companies.

Altech has been Objet’s distributor in Japan since 2008. As demand for 3D printers is expected to increase due to recent growth of Japanese companies’ R&D divisions in the region, Objet and Altech signed partnership to start the sales of Objet products in the East China through Altech’s subsidiary which was established  in 2002.

“We are very excited about being appointed as Objet’s distributor for East China. We believe that we can leverage our extensive experience in the 3D printing market in Japan to service Japanese businesses operating in China,” said Mr. Tetsutaro Okuda, Vice President from Altech Shanghai Co. Ltd. “We are setting up a show room equipped with the Objet Connex500 multi-material and Objet30 desktop 3D Printers in Suzhou, where many Japanese manufacturers are based, to better promote and service rapid prototyping in the region.”

"With its huge manufacturing base and growing interest in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, China is an important strategic market for Objet," said Gilad Yron, Managing Director for Objet Asia Pacific and Japan. "It is therefore essential for us to team up with the right local partners. We have full confidence that together with Altech we can provide the best choice for Japanese manufacturers based in China."
About Altech

Established in 1976, Altech is a trading company specialized in importing and selling printing and packaging machinery.  Since then, Altech has expanded its product coverage to manufacturing machinery for optical discs and smartcards, equipment for solar cell production, security devices, computerization services, digital printers, DVD packages, etc, providing its customers in Japan with the world’s leading industrial machinery and products.

Altech Shanghai was established in 2002 as part of Altech’s expansion plan in Asia, particularly in China.  Leveraging its experience as a trading company for industrial machinery and electronics related devices in Japan, Altech Shanghai imports and sells various cutting-edge devices and serves a wide variety of customers including cosmetics, food and beverage, automotive and electronic devices.  Altech Shanghai caters to the needs of not only large Japanese and Chinese enterprises, but also Japanese SMBs planning to enter into the China market.

For more information, visit: www.altech.co.jp or www.objet.com

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is unveiling a large-scale, 3D-printed replica of the celebrated ballpark. Designed in 3D software, using blueprints and up-to-date images, the 3' x 5' replica captures even the finest details of Fenway, from the Green Monster and Pesky Pole to the exact number of lights and famed, red Ted Williams seat in right field.

The 3D replica, which was printed on an Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer at the company's North American headquarters in Billerica, is about 1/200th scale, includes 40 separate printed sections and weighs about 105 pounds. The model will be on display this week and in the coming months through Boston.

On April 19, the Fenway replica will be on display at Game On!, where it will join other Fenway memorabilia on display during the Fenway 100 Magazine Launch Event hosted by the Boston Globe. There, columnist Dan Shaughnessy will moderate a panel discussion with former players, historians and fans, including Bill Lee, Ken Casey, John Powers and Dick Johnson.

On April 20, the 3D-printed replica will be on display at the Museum of Science for an hour-long demonstration of 3D printing. Objet then will donate the 3D print to the Boston Sports Museum.

"As longtime Red Sox fans, and frequent visitors to Fenway, we wanted to celebrate this historic event by sharing something that all fans could appreciate,'' said Bruce Bradshaw, Director of U.S. Marketing for Objet. "Objet's printers are used by architecture firms around the world to create incredibly detailed models in mere hours rather than weeks; so it seemed a natural fit for us to use this technology to recreate Fenway and deliver it to people throughout Boston."

You can follow the amazing 3D printed Fenway model around its 'victory tour' of Boston starting today, Thursday the 19th.

Morning, April 19th - Check out the 3D printed Fenway model on Fox 25 Morning News (at around 9.30 am)

Evening, April 19th - See the 3D printed Fenway model at the Game On! bar/restaurant opposite Fenway park (from 6pm - 9pm)

Afternoon, April 20th - the model will be on display at the Museum of Science in Boston for a 3D printing demo (at 12.30 mid-day)

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

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Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, joins the Materialise World Conference in Leuven, Belgium, as a Platinum Sponsor, this week with two sessions intended to help the audience understand the advantages of 3D printing.

In a presentation entitled ‘Insiders Vision’ as a part of the Additive Manufacturing Summit, Andy Middleton, Objet General Manager for Europe, gives an overview of current trends in the fast-moving world of 3D printing. This session takes place from 16:00 on 19th April.

“The Materialise World Conference provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to understand the 3D printing and additive manufacturing applications that are happening right now and get a real grasp of where the industry is going,” comments Middleton.

Andy Langfeld, Objet European Sales Operations Manager also presents, this time as part of the Medical Innovation Conference, talking on 3D printing and Digital Dentistry. As 3D printing rapidly becomes a standard production tool for dental laboratories, Langfeld describes how – with a combination of oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing – dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce a range of dental and orthodontic appliances, thereby increasing accuracy and efficiency, cutting production times and enabling business growth. This session takes place at 12:10 on 20th April.

Materialise hosts the three day annual conference, which brings together experts from around the world to experience and discuss 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology and solutions.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com/mwc2012 or www.objet.com

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Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SSYS), and privately held Objet Ltd., today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies would combine in an all-stock transaction with a combined equity value of approximately $1.4 billion, based upon the closing price of Stratasys’ common stock on April 13, 2012. The transaction will position the combined company as a leader within the high-growth 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing industry.

Under the terms of the agreement, Stratasys will merge with a subsidiary of Objet, and Stratasys shareholders will receive one share of the new combined company for each share of Stratasys common stock they own. Upon closing of the transaction, Stratasys shareholders are expected to own 55 percent and Objet shareholders are expected to own 45 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis using the treasury stock method.

The combined company, which will retain the Stratasys name and operate under the name Stratasys Ltd., will have dual headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the locations of Stratasys’ and Objet’s current headquarters, respectively, and will be registered in Israel. The company will continue to trade on NASDAQ under the ticker SSYS. Scott Crump, co-founder, current chief executive officer and chairman of Stratasys, will become full-time chairman of the combined company. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will also form an executive committee comprised of four members of the board of directors whose duties will include overseeing the integration of Stratasys and Objet and implementing the combined company’s business strategy. Elchanan Jaglom, current chairman of Objet, will serve as chairman of the executive committee of the combined company.

David Reis, current chief executive officer of Objet, will become chief executive officer of the combined company. Following the closing of the transaction, the board of directors of the combined company will consist of nine directors, with four directors designated by Stratasys and four directors designated by Objet. One additional director will be designated by Stratasys and approved by Objet.

The merger of Stratasys and Objet is expected to create a world class company offering an impressive portfolio of 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing solutions. The combined company should be well positioned to provide customers with the right solution by offering systems that produce parts with a wide range of capabilities and materials. The combined marketing and sales capabilities will provide extensive geographic reach, which should help grow customer awareness of the many opportunities to employ 3D printing and rapid prototyping techniques. Existing customers will benefit from a broader range of products that offer complementary functionality, which will create opportunities to cross-sell the product lines into the combined company’s installed base. In addition, the combined company expects to expand its access to new customers across multiple industries. With a significant increase in scale, the new Stratasys will seek to grow efficiently and faster through its combined organization.

“Today marks a significant milestone for Stratasys and an important development for the 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing industry,” said Scott Crump, chief executive officer and chairman of Stratasys. “We are bringing together two of the most innovative and respected players in the field to create a global leader in a high-growth industry. Together we will have a broader and more comprehensive product and technology portfolio, and the resources, team and financial strength to achieve our goals. Building on the success of both companies, I am confident that we will capitalize on the many opportunities this combination creates for our shareholders, channel partners, customers, employees and other important stakeholders. We look forward to completing this transaction and to building significant long-term value for our shareholders.”

“We are excited to be joining forces with Stratasys,” said David Reis, chief executive officer of Objet. “This transaction creates an organization that will provide a broad range of rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing applications to our customers, and the ability to bring exciting new products to the market. With an impressive technology portfolio, great talent, and an extensive sales and marketing channel, we will be well positioned to achieve efficient growth, expand our distribution reach and create value for all of our stakeholders. We look forward to working with Stratasys employees to take our combined company to the next level.”

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com or www.objet.com

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Furniture fittings specialist Armac Martin has announced a rise in sales orders since installing an Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer at its facility in Birmingham, UK. "Since the introduction of 3D printing we are turning more of our customers' ideas into new products and as a consequence we are winning more orders for our factory," confirms Paul McGrail, Armac Martin Managing Director.

Armac Martin designs and manufactures handles, knobs, bolts, catches, castors, door knockers, hinges and other furniture fittings, many of which are bespoke designs specified by customers. The Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer, used to test new designs and produce product samples for customer approval, is enabling Armac Martin to save costs and service customers faster according to Mr. McGrail: "Now we have the Objet24 3D Printer working in conjunction with our 3D CAD capability, our Technical Sales Managers are able to get one-off samples to customers without interrupting production on our CNC machines. This means samples are with customers up to four weeks faster than before, sometimes in just a couple of days from the initial discussion. We're also making savings in tooling which would normally be required to produce the samples in metal."

Ease and quality of finishing are also key aspects of producing the samples. "We compared a couple of different rapid prototyping technologies and found that Objet provided the fine detail and quality of finishing we require for our work. Our products are high-quality decorative items so it's very important that samples are beautifully finished," says Mr. McGrail.

Armac Martin purchased the Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer through Objet UK distributor HK Rapidprototyping. Nigel Bunt, Sales Director at HK Rapidprototyping, adds: "It was clear from the start that prototype realism was vital for Armac Martin. Objet 3D printed parts are very easy to finish to a superb standard, which Armac Martin verified in tests with competitive models."

To achieve realistic prototypes, Armac Martin spray paints the majority of parts produced on the Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer. Mr McGrail elaborates, "The majority of the time we paint the 3D printed models in a silver or gold to emulate metal fittings like door handles or knobs and we've had some parts nickel-plated. Parts are also often drilled so that they can be fitted in the same way as the final product. Our customers need to be able to visualise the final effect; the realism of samples produced with Objet 3D printing makes this possible."

Mr. McGrail concludes, "From the first approach to HK Rapidprototyping, through subsequent meetings and producing our first parts, the service has been nothing short of excellent. This, combined with the exceptional quality of samples we're producing, and ease-of-use of the Objet desktop 3D printer has made this purchase a great success for us."

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Desktop_Family/#objet24 or www.martin.co.uk





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Objet GmbH, a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, exhibits the latest in 3D printing technology and its real-world applications at Hannover Messe 2012.

“Objet leads the way in high-quality, professional 3D printing,” states Eric Bredin, European Marketing Director for Objet. “With a portfolio of nearly 70 materials of varying physical and mechanical properties, Objet has the most diverse range of 3D printing materials on the market; enabling our customers to produce the most exceptionally realistic prototypes.”

Visitors to Hannover Messe can see stunning examples of true-to-life prototypes on the Objet stand, including a fully-assembled car dashboard complete with display screens. 1.4 meters wide and assembled from over 20 individually printed parts, the dashboard was produced for StreetScooter, a project involving a consortium of over 80 companies, united with an aim to develop an affordable electric car with an emphasis on sustainability. Major parts of the dashboard were printed in the Objet ABS-like Digital Material, chosen for its exceptional dimensional stability and toughness. Additional Objet materials were used to simulate fine-details. The parts were then glued, polished and painted to precisely simulate the true look, feel and function of the dashboard.

Further prototype models on the Objet stand illustrate real-life applications from a diverse range of industries including automotive and defence parts, kitchen utensils, special effects for film and television, medical devices, dental veneers, footwear and more.

The entry-level Objet Desktop printer runs live on the Objet stand, alongside the unique and widely acclaimed Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer. Demonstrating the advantages of multi-material 3D printing, the Objet Connex500 can print models with varying properties from rigid to rubber, opaque to transparent, to engineering plastics simulation.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.hannovermesse.de/home

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Rietveld Architects, a NY-based architecture firm known for its large-scale international projects, acquired its Objet 3D Printer and now creates architectural models in just a few hours – a fraction of the two–month turnaround time it required previously. Rietveld Architects has also discovered that the Objet 3D Printer can help secure new projects.

The Objet 3D Printer was a fairly straightfoward choice for Rietveld Architects. "We were particularly impressed by the ability of this system to quickly produce highly detailed, accurate models with minimal office clean-up," Rijk Rietveld, the firm's partner, commented. "Other technologies produced brittle models and just didn’t have the fine detail of the Objet solution”.

Soon after installing the Objet 3D Printer, the architects discovered that the 3D Printer also boosted sales. According to Piet Meijs, a Senior Associate at Rietveld Architects, the Objet prototyping capabilities have helped the firm secure new projects. "There is still very much a 'wow' factor. A potential client asked us to produce a completely re-designed plan because the program changed. Within two weeks we put on the table a 1:400 model of a new design. They knew they could only get it from us and not from other architects."

Using Objet 3D printing, highly accurate architectural models can be produced within hours – reflecting the most recent change requests and updates. Clients can view a physical model with the most intricate details, feel confident about the overall design and how it fits with the surroundings, and reach faster decisions.

In 1993 Margaret Rietveld founded Rietveld Architects and Rijk Rietveld joined a year later. Presently, Rietveld Architects has an international staff, interior projects in New York City, and substantial new construction in the Netherlands. The built projects reflect the result of fifteen years of the successful cross-fertilization between European design sensibility and American ingenuity and know-how. In recent years, the work of Rietveld Architects has been commended in publications and recognized.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.rietveldarchitects.com

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Daniel Hilldrup, Artist in Residence at the London Metropolitan University, has unveiled new Objet 3D printed artwork in a series titled 'Fragments in Time'. Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, printed the two striking pieces, which Hilldrup describes as contemporary fossils.

Flux and Aquiform in Rest were produced on an Objet Connex 3D Printer, with the unique capability of printing multiple materials and properties in a single print run, allowing Hilldrup to simulate movement and fluidity in his first piece ‘Flux’.

“Necessity being the mother of invention, I’m often influenced and motivated by technology, so I keep an ear to the ground for new technologies,” states Hilldrup. “I first heard about Objet multi-material 3D printing and thought ‘wow – this is a game changer’. It was the Objet Connex technology that inspired these pieces. For example, without the multi-material aspect it would not have been possible to print the Flux candelabra, and if I was to produce it via traditional methods – casting it in a block of glass – it would be a very difficult thing to achieve, and there would be a loss of control over the final piece.”

Flux: Described by Hilldrup as “a statement on the transference of energy and its transition and total transformation from one physical state and form into another”, Flux depicts black candle wax melting into the liquid base of a candelabra, captured, like a fossil, at a specific moment in time.

The ‘fluid wax’ was printed in Objet black rubber-like material (Objet TangoBlackPlus), which appears to be melting into liquid, but is in fact encased in a solid base of Objet clear transparent, rigid material (Objet VeroClear). The removable candle holders were printed separately in Objet rigid opaque black material (Objet VeroBlack). Hilldrup finished the pieces by hand to a very high standard, polishing the surfaces to achieve a superior level of clarity.

Aquiform in Rest: A free standing sink basin possessing a sculptural form. As its name suggests, it captures the motion of agitated water within a constrained volume. Printed in Objet clear transparent material, it has been finished with a two-pack polyurethane paint.

Hilldrup’s work aims to create design that is beautiful, fit for purpose, and that provides benefits, or otherwise enriches the life of the user, he comments, “My interest is the creation of functional sculpture and innovative object forms where there is an emphasis on the aesthetic and narrative of a piece, but not at the expense of usability. I wish to explore the boundaries between art and design by embracing digital tools, manufacturing technologies and through associated process pipelines and craft.

“In this sense I’m really pleased with both pieces. The Objet multi-material Connex capability allows you to approach the work from a different angle, potentially working on concepts you couldn’t otherwise achieve. I’m very happy with how the pieces have translated; sometimes you do something in the virtual domain and then it doesn’t quite come up to scratch when you do the physical piece. In this case I’m really pleased with the pieces across the board, the way the materials and finish have translated the concept. I’d certainly call them a success.”

Daniel Hilldrup Researcher, Lecturer and Artist in Residence at the London Metropolitan University, practices digital-craft and embraces digital fabrication technologies to realize pieces that span the art and design domains, to create functional sculpture and objects of 'beautility'. Hilldrup’s aim is to create innovative object forms where there is an emphasis on the aesthetics and narrative of a piece, but not at the expense of usability.

For more information, visit: www.danielhilldrup.com or www.objet.com




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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing announced that it will be hosting a 48 hour workshop for Architecture professors and students at this year's ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of America) 100th Annual Meeting, which will take place March 1-3, in Boston, MA. Objet will also be participating in a number of other sessions during the meeting.

The ACSA workshop will allow attendees to develop breakthrough designs, from concept to 3D model completion, in just 48 hours. Their 3D models will then be displayed at the ACSA Annual Meeting - a special exhibit in honor of ACSA's centennial annual meeting.

Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet, says: "We are thrilled to have this collaboration with ACSA and MIT as part of Objet's long-standing commitment to enabling educational excellence. Objet will be presenting its advanced 3D printing and rapid prototyping capabilities for America's leading architectural professors and students. For the first time, both faculty and student members will be able to get real hands-on experience of our unique multi-material 3D printing capability in an intensive 2 day seminar."

Also presenting at ACSA will be Neri Oxman, Assistant Professor at MIT, who will be describing her work 'Design by Nature' and how Objet Connex multi-material technology helps to bring her complex design concepts to life.

Objet's breakthrough Connex multi-material technology is already being used in leading universities, research institutions and Fortune 500 companies across the United States and Europe.

Objet is working in collaboration with MIT, ACSA and ACADIA (the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) to provide architectural faculty and students with numerous opportunities to explore and learn about how digital technologies, in particular 3D printing, can expand the bounds of architectural education and practice.

For more information or to register for any of the above events, visit: web.objet.com/ACSAconference_EN-ACSA-LP-Mar12.html

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced its expansion in the Chinese market with the signing of two new channel partners – Digital China and Shanghai Chengmei Technology.

Digital China, a leading IT distributor in China, will act as an Objet distributor, and support the Objet line of 3D Printers and materials in North China. Shanghai Chengmei Technology Co., Ltd. (“Shanghai Chengmei”), a leading solution provider of rapid prototyping equipment and 3D scanners, will represent Objet’s products in East China as a reseller.

“With its huge manufacturing base and growing interest in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, China is an important strategic market for Objet," said Gilad Yron, Regional Manager for Objet Asia Pacific and Japan. "It was therefore essential for us to team up with the right local partners. We have full confidence that together with Shanghai Chengmei Technology and Digital China we will make world-class 3D printing and Objet the first choice for Chinese manufacturers in virtually any industry.”

Mr. Sun Chun Hua, General Manager of SBU Business Department of Digital China - Commercial SBU 3D Digital Products Division, commented: “Objet, being the industry leader in the 3D printing for rapid prototyping arena, is definitely our choice of partner. With Objet’s award-winning technology, together with our experience and extensive network in the manufacturing industry, we aim to offer cost-effective world-class rapid prototyping solutions and services to the market.”

Jerry Zhou, General Manager of Shanghai Chengmei said, “It is an honor for us to be associated with Objet, the global leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping. With Objet 3D printing systems, we can now offer an end-to-end solution to the market, thereby enabling our customers to shorten design cycle, reduce R&D costs and ultimately, fasten time-to-market for their products.”

As China's leading IT integration service provider, Digital China has set up regional centers in 19 major cities across the country, establishing good strategic partnership with over 100 global leading IT brands.  Digital China has more than 10,000 agent partners, offering leading edge IT solution and services to various industries including financial, telecommunications, government, etc. Digital China has entered the 3D design and manufacture market since 2007 and has since become China’s largest equipment supplier in the RP field, with more than 200 customers, possessing a nationwide sales and after-sale service-network.

Chengmei Technology is a duly authorized partner of Creaform (Canada), ViALUX (Germany), Objet (Israel) and Geomagic (U.S.) in China. It provides customers with non-arm portable CMM, 3D scanning, rapid prototyping, related processing software and other advanced manufacturing technology products, technical support, technical services and a range of solutions mainly for computer-aided detection, reverse engineering, computer-aided design, rapid prototyping and rapid tooling, etc. The application industries include automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding, aerospace, mold making, machining, footwear, mobile phone manufacturing, dentistry and plastic surgery, university education and scientific research.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

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Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that its Objet30 Desktop 3D Printer was filmed for brand new Channel 4 series, Home of the Future.

What happens if you ask a normal family to boldly go where no-one has gone before - to live in the future? This five-part Channel 4 series, co-funded by one of the UK's leading energy companies E.ON, and produced by Twofour, transforms the lives of a family, filling their home from top-to-bottom with forefront technology and gadgets.

As well as having cutting-edge technology and gadgets to play with, the Perera family in Sheffield will be challenged by scenarios likely to come in the next twenty to fifty years.

Overseen by expert Chris Sanderson, the Pereras will discover how we may work, rest and play - as well as eat, travel, stay healthy and power our homes.

"The highlight, for me, was the moment the 3D printer arrived," says Sanderson. "It was hugely exciting to be able to design an object and see it being made in front of your eyes."

In an episode looking at home offices, the Perera family use the Objet30 Desktop to produce 3D printed pens.

The series looks at the effects of working from home and living in multi-generational households and asks: what will we eat when cheap food is gone and mass-produced meat is unsustainable? And the family face being shamed by their bin if they don't recycle enough and being temporarily banned from short car journeys (electric and hydrogen-powered, naturally).

But the future is not all bad news as the Pereras discover mind-controlled games, domestic power stations that slash their bills, robots they can control from the other side of the world, waterless washing machines, cars, lawnmowers and vacuums that drive themselves and the joys of growing your own fish supper.

The second episode of Home of the Future airs on February 19th, 7.00pm on Channel 4.

For more information, visit: www.channel4.com/programmes/home-of-the-future/4od#3290489

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has been invited to feature at LEGO® World 2012, 16th - 19th February, Bella Center, Copenhagen. The event will highlight the combination of LEGO design and innovative technologies such as 3D printing, with Objet showcasing the exceptional abilities of Objet Desktop 3D Printers to create true-to-life LEGO prototypes.

Objet will demonstrate how 3D technology is used in the design stage of LEGO products to create prototypes of LEGO elements, exhibiting printed samples including LEGO Minifigures and LEGO bricks. Presenting the development process; from the original design computer CAD file, through the 3D printing process and to-scale examples of the final result.

Kenneth Wested Laursen, Head of the LEGO Prototyping Department, comments on the process, "The LEGO brick is born digital on a computer as a CAD drawing and is converted into a physical brick during the manufacturing processes. The Objet 3D printer is a critical component in the LEGO development phase. It helps us in getting physical elements for checking the design, build-ability and functionality at a very early point in production."

Objet 3D printing technology is used to communicate a product's visual and functional properties to customers, decision makers and manufacturers early on in the product development stage, enabling significant savings in time, costs and detection of necessary improvements.

LEGO World, held every year in Copenhagen, gives children and adults the opportunity to learn, create and play with LEGO bricks. This year, a special stand highlights the digital technologies that are used to develop the end product, providing the chance to experience all the processes which contribute to the diverse LEGO experience.

Objet's affordable, high-quality 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing any geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts. Desktop printers such as the Objet24 means no more dependency on outsourced providers, rapidly printing what is needed in-house, multiple times, with ultra-precision details for many global companies.

Objet will be exhibiting in the Intel area (020) at LEGO World 2012 16th - 19th February with two Objet24 Desktop 3D Printers and informative videos alongside a large display of prototypes.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.legoworld.dk

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Objet Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the appointment of Objective 3D Pty Ltd as the new distributor in the region, reinforcing Objet’s presence in the Australian 3D printing market.

Objective 3D will represent Objet’s full product line for both Australia and New Zealand, offering a full range of both pre- and post-sales service to customers in the region.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to work with Objective 3D who has around 20 years of experience in the rapid prototyping and 3D CAD/CAM industry. It is extremely important for Objet to identify a partner that shares the same goals as Objet and has the ability to provide our customers with first-class service and support,” Ms. Winnie Chu, Regional Sales Director at Objet AP, commented.  “With Objective 3D, we have selected a competent and knowledgeable partner as the team possesses strong market knowledge and an extensive network in the region.

“We are delighted to partner with Objet, securing the rights to distribute the Objet range in the region,” commented Matt Minio, Managing Director of Objective 3D, “Objet 3D printing systems and materials have been recognized worldwide for their high quality, accuracy, versatility and performance, and we now can bring this value to customers throughout Australia and New Zealand,” he added.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.objective3d.com.au

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today announced that Oratio B.V. a leading dental industry company in the Netherlands, has developed a complete in-house digital workflow for fabrication of models for dental implants with the help of an Objet 3D Printer. The addition of 3D printing into Oratio’s workflow has turned Oratio into a fully digital dental provider, allowing it to significantly expand its implantology practice while offering higher accuracy and faster turnaround times.

Oratio identified the use of digital solutions for implantology as a potential growth opportunity. However, the company did not want to increase staff or costs, nor compromise its high standards. According to Siebe van der Zel, Chief Operating Officer of Oratio: “Digital dentistry could enable a new level of implant models and allow us full control of the complete process – from the dentist’s initial order, to designing the restoration, through final manufacturing."

Leveraging its strong experience in producing dental parts from CAD design imagery, Oratio chose to integrate the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer into its workflow. Since Installing the Objet 3D Printer Oratio has digitized the entire design and manufacturing process for dental implants. This has significantly improved the productivity of dental technicians by allowing them to focus on higher-level tasks. Implant models printed by the Objet 3D Printer are delivered with exceptionally fine details and an outstanding surface finish – to the full satisfaction of Oratio’s dentist customers. Dentist clients are also benefitting from improved turnaround times, enabled by the in-house rapid manufacturing process.

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet, commented: “Practices that specialize in dental implantology inherently require support systems that are flexible and versatile. For this reason Objet’s 3D printing systems represent the perfect fit. They enable labs such as Oratio to continue delivering specialist products to market while, at the same time, even broadening their range of services with new, value-added offerings.”

Summing up the benefits, van der Zel said: “Business growth followed immediately after we installed the Objet 3D Printer. We increased our productivity and as a result we can provide new and better solutions for implantology.”

The Objet Eden260V 3D Printer was recently recognized as a 2011 “Readers’ Choice” by subscribers to Dental Lab Products magazine. It was the only Rapid Prototyping platform honored in the magazine’s annual “Best of the Best Products” list.

For more information, visit: www.ObjetDental.com

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Objet Ltd., announced that it will showcase a full-size, 3D printed car dashboard from StreetScooter at this year’s SolidWorks World in San Diego from February 12-15. Shown for the first time in the United States, the five-foot wide fully-assembled dashboard prototype was created with multi-material printing, including Objet’s ABS-like Digital Material, and features a display screen and other fine details that simulate a dashboard’s look, feel and function.

Objet worked closely on the project with StreetScooter, a consortium of more than 80 companies united with an aim to develop an affordable electric car with an emphasis on sustainability. Working closely with the group, Objet has produced highly realistic prototypes for the development of the style and function of the car, including a 1.4 meter wide dashboard made from over 20 individually printed parts. Major parts of the dashboard were printed in the Objet ABS-like Digital Material, chosen for its exceptional dimensional stability and toughness. Additional Objet materials were used to simulate fine-details. The parts were then glued, polished and painted to precisely simulate the true look, feel and function of the dashboard.

SolidWorks attendees can see the fully-assembled dashboard and additional 3D printed products at the Objet booth. In addition, Objet will be running the compact Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D Printer to showcase the advantages of multi-material printing for fit, form and functional testing. Objet offers close to 70 materials, the most versatile solution for true product realism. Also featuring at the show will be a diverse range of exceptionally realistic prototypes, all real applications from Objet customers including automotive and defence parts, kitchen utensils, film special effects, medical devices, dental veneers, footwear and more.

SolidWorks World
San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive
San, Diego, California 92101
Booth #500
February 12-15, 2012

For more information, visit: www.solidworks.com/sww

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced that the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer has been recognized as a 2011 "Readers' Choice" by subscribers to Dental Lab Products magazine. The Objet 3D Printer was the only Rapid Prototyping platform honored in the magazine's annual "Best of the Best Products" list. The list highlighted the top 10 products out of more than 230 new product innovations featured in the magazine and its website during 2011, based on readers' interest and selection by the editorial team.

"We are delighted that the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer was selected as a 2011 Best of the Best Product for precision dental manufacturing by Dental Lab Products' readers," said Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet. "The high degree of interest reflects 3D printing's growing importance in digitizing dentistry. The selection of the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer highlights Objet's growing success in redefining manufacturing in the dental laboratory industry."

3D printing is at the heart of the new digital era in dentistry. By combining oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing, dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce dental stone models, and a range of orthodontic appliances for dental offices. The Objet Eden260V 3D Printer provides dental labs with an ideal platform for a digitized workflow, enabling more efficient and cost effective production.

Avi Cohen continued: "It is notable that the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer was the only rapid prototyping platform chosen out of more than 230 new product innovations across all categories. We are excited to play our part in bringing improved dental solutions to dentists and their patients. Through the use of proven Objet 3D Printers for additive manufacturing, and our advanced, medically approved materials, we are leading in providing highly accurate and excellent-quality models and parts at an affordable cost."

For more information, visit: digital.dentalproductsreport.com/nxtbooks/advanstar/dlp_201112

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In the first four years after Industrial Plastic Fabrications (IPF) bought its first Objet 3D printer, IPF’s rapid prototyping business sky-rocketed from 0 customers to 360. Now, another four years on, the UK-based service bureau continues to rely on Objet 3D printers, and its rapid prototyping business has continued to grow at a very healthy pace.

Today, IPF offers a broad range of machining and fabricating services using varied technologies, but all its rapid prototyping work is produced by its two Objet 3D printers – an Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D Printer for printing parts and assemblies made of multiple different materials on the same print job and for simultaneously printing of multiple different, multi-material parts; and an Objet Eden350V Professional 3D Printer.

“With Objet, we can turn models around quickly, efficiently and with consistency,” says Gary Miller, Head of 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping at IPF. “And our clients like it that they can get a very clear idea of their final product, due to the high accuracy and the model quality and the combination of different materials in a single model.”

According to Miller, the results are nothing short of amazing. When Miller showed a customer a bicycle chain with interlocking, moveable pieces that had been printed in a single run on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer, the customer immediately asked how long it took to assemble. Miller told him: “There’s no assembly. It’s printed in one go; you clean it and then you can move it.”

Being able to simultaneously print numerous multi-material parts made of different material properties is highly valuable to IPF. Miller says: “We can print parts that are 40 Shore, 50 Shore, 95 Shore, rigid and flexible parts – all in one go. Four or five customers can want models with different materials and we can print them on the bed at the same time, thanks to Objet’s unique multi-material Connex technology.”

Much of the 3D printing work at IPF takes place overnight or over the weekend, completely unattended. Before leaving the office in the evening, the operator simply sets the Objet 3D printers to start printing; the next morning, he comes into work, cleans the finished parts, and the parts are ready to be shipped out to customers by the end of day. And it happens day after day, week after week.

“We can’t afford for our printers to be down at all,” says Miller. “Objet 3D printers are very reliable machines and the only reason we’ve reinvested in Objet is because the service and support when it’s been needed has been phenomenal.”

Industrial Plastic Fabrications Ltd., located in Essex, UK, offers high-quality machined, formed and fabricated plastic components, plus rapid prototyped parts and 3D printing to the very best standard in the industry. Established in 1969, IPF has over 40 years worth of experience to draw from and its expertise is renowned within the industry. The company’s precision machined, fabricated or formed components provide crucial parts for equipment used within the pharmaceutical, medical, aerospace, automobile, security, audio and broadcasting industries.

For more information, visit: ipfl.co.uk or www.objet.com

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Anacom Eletrônica Ltda, for the Brazil market. Anacom is a well-established distributor of electro-electronic, mechanical and simulation products, with an extensive customer base throughout Brazil and in the rest of Latin America. The addition of Anacom to Objet's channel partner ecosystem expands Objet's reach in Brazil.

Anacom will handle sales and support for the complete range of Objet 3D printers, from the highly affordable Objet desktop 3D printers, through professional Objet Eden 3D printers and Objet Connex multi-material 3D printers.

The appointment of Anacom is part of Objet's strategic focus on expanding its penetration into emerging markets where the local market potential for rapid prototyping is highest. Earlier this year, as part of that same strategy, Objet appointed Renata Sollero as Regional Manager for South America. Sollero will work closely with Anacom to ensure success in the market.

"We are very proud to have been selected as an Objet distributor in Brazil," said Carlos Eugenio Lion, President and Director of Anacom. "Through our local sales and technical support teams and based on our national coverage synergy with our other business units, we believe we will add significant value to Objet's business in Brazil."

Amir Sheinman, General Manager of Emerging Markets at Objet, commented: "We are excited to begin working with Anacom as a strong dealer in Brazil as they have an excellent reputation and we have great confidence in their expertise and experience with the relevant target customers. With its wide network of potential customers, Anacom is ideally suited to help us continue providing high-quality and local representation. We're looking forward to joining forces with them."

Anacom has offered products for electronic project development in the Latin American market since 1988. Initially it targeted the electro-electronic segment, with a portfolio composed of companies like Xilinx, Cadence Design, dSpace, LPKF, Lauterbach, ARM, and other that are at the leading edge of their fields. In 2004, Anacom created a new division to promote and sell simulation solutions from Presagis, NGrain, Pitch, Boston Dynamics and VSTEP for the Latin American market. Anacom is headquartered in Brazil, and has several other offices in Latin America.

For more information, visit: www.anacom.com.br

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Fishman Acoustic Amplification works with the world's top instrument builders, artists and retailers. Using its Objet desktop 3D printer, Fishman can print mechanically accurate guitar amplification device prototypes that customers can't tell apart from real production parts. In-house 3D printing allows Fishman to go through multiple design iterations in a single day, enabling the company to rapidly perfect its designs without compromising on quality or missing sales cycles.

Previously, outsourced prototyping had been expensive and slow. Now, with in-house prototyping using the Objet desktop 3D printer, Fishman can get to market faster and its production process is more predictable.

"Kula, our new onboard ukulele system, is an example of where we really got a chance to use the Objet desktop 3D printer to its fullest advantage," says Robert Ketch, Vice President of OEM Sales at Fishman Acoustic Amplification. "The prototypes of the Objet desktop are of such good quality that our customers think they are production parts. We're going to be making many more pieces with the Objet desktop 3D printer to repeat the success we had with this product. The impact on the timeline and the impression that Objet makes have been really valuable."

In addition to being impressed with the quality, flexibility and structural integrity of the models created on the Objet desktop 3D printer, the development team at Fishman is enjoying far easier and faster prototyping.

Ian Popken, Director, Product Development at Fishman Acoustic Amplification, says: "It's a very smooth process and the Objet 3D printer is easy to use. Just recently we had one part that went through three revisions in a single day. It's pretty remarkable to get a perfect prototype so quickly without compromising on design quality."

Watch how Objet 3D prototypes are part of the Fishman Acoustic Amplification workflow to perfect their design and get to market faster.

For more information, visit: www.fishman.com or www.objet.com

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Objet AP Ltd, a subsidiary of Objet Ltd, the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the launch of its Center of Excellence (CoE) Demo Center in Chennai, India. Objet is delighted to join forces with Redington India, Objet’s Master Distributor in India, to provide a dedicated area to showcase Objet’s latest 3D printers and materials, including advanced Objet Connex multi-material jetting technology.

Manufacturers and design companies will be presented with the benefits of 3D printing, which enables businesses to reduce the cost of product development and shorten time-to-market of new products. Objet’s Demo Center, located at Redington’s office in Chennai, will provide onsite demonstrations and consultation specific to manufacturers’ and industrial designers’ business challenges.

"We are excited about the new facility and look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate our 3D printing solutions to businesses that want to accelerate design validation processes, conduct functional testing of prototypes and shorten time-to-market,” said Ashan Dhunna, Sales Director, India & ME, Objet AP Ltd. “Objet's investment in rolling out a Center of Excellence Demo Center in India exemplifies our expertise and commitment to helping partners and clients to grow their businesses through state-of-the-art technology. Having cooperated with Redington India's technical experts to build the Center of Excellence Demo Center, we expect to deepen the market’s understanding of 3D printing and its capabilities and potentials, and thus promote the adoption of 3D printing for rapid prototyping," he added.

Kasturi Rangan, President Redington India Ltd., commented: “We are very excited about the Demo Center as it provides access to unparalleled industry and technology expertise. It allows partners and customers to experience and appreciate rapid prototyping technological know-how that would make a difference to their business. Our engineers and applications specialists are fully trained and certified by Objet, ensuring quality consultation and service. We believe that the Demo Center will contribute positively to the strengthening of awareness and adoption of 3D printing in India,” he concluded

Objet’s Master Distributor in India, Redington is a company with deep-rooted relationships, a comprehensive product offering and wide reach, supported by superior logistical capabilities, robust infrastructure, sophisticated management Information systems, prudent risk management practices and end to end customer support services. The Graphics Solution Business Unit in Redington offers end to end solutions for high-value products and brands in the Graphic space in India.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.redingtonindia.com

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Released this October, Real Steel is an American science fiction action film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based on the premise that by 2020 the sport of boxing is no longer played by humans, but robots.

To make the robots as real as possible for the film, Legacy Effects used an Objet 3D printer to produce the 1/5th scale models. Once built, hand-painted, lit, and approved, the full scale Atom, Noisy Boy, and Ambush robots went into production. Motion capture technology was used to depict the fights on camera, mixed with the full scale animatronic robots.

Legacy Effects’ Senior Systems Engineer, Jason Lopes says of the Objet 3D printer, “Being able to print high resolution models on the 3D printer allowed Legacy's designers to go from concept, to final design and into full size production in the shortest possible time.”

Legacy Effects uses Objet’s 3D printers to create a range of scale models and even functional custom parts that have been used in films such as Jurassic Park 3, Iron Man 2 and Avatar. Objet’s 3D printers have also proven instrumental in producing stop-motion animations films, such as Coraline.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to be working with customers such as Legacy Effects and to see our 3D printers helping to produce the very latest effects for some of the most popular Hollywood blockbusters,” said Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President at Objet. “The accuracy, material versatility and surface quality of Objet’s 3D printers allow artists to capture all the nuances and fine details of their ideas and transform them into 3D models that look fully believable under the camera’s lens.”

3D printing represents an important factor in the film industry today, where special effects and technical enhancements often come at the cost of increasing time delays. Using 3D printing allows studios to save on reshoots, editing and post production – enabling a faster time-to-market and lower overall costs.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

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Following a year packed full of new 3D printing product and material launches, Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will showcase some of the real-life applications made possible with its technology at EuroMold 2011. A standout highlight of the exhibition will be a stunning 3D printed dashboard from StreetScooter.

The StreetScooter project is a consortium of over 80 companies, united with an aim to develop an affordable electric car with an emphasis on sustainability. Working closely with the group, Objet has produced highly realistic prototypes for the development of the style and function of the car, including a 1.4 meter wide dashboard made from over 20 individually printed parts. Major parts of the dashboard were printed in the Objet ABS-like Digital Material, chosen for its exceptional dimensional stability and toughness. Additional Objet materials were used to simulate fine-details. The parts were then glued, polished and painted to precisely simulate the true look, feel and function of the dashboard.

EuroMold visitors can see the fully-assembled dashboard complete with display screens and additional 3D printed fittings at the Objet stand. Also featuring at the exhibition will be a diverse range of exceptionally realistic prototypes, all real applications from Objet customers including automotive and defence parts, kitchen utensils, film special effects, medical devices, dental veneers, footwear and more.

"Objet has a comprehensive range of products for the professional user. From entry-level Desktop 3D printers, to the highly productive Eden range and the unique multi-material Connex series, there's a perfect fit for any product designer or engineer with a rapid prototyping requirement," states Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet, "It's the 3D printing materials that provide many of the unique capabilities of our 3D printers. With the introduction of several important new materials in 2011, Objet can now boast an impressive portfolio of 68 materials of varying physical and mechanical properties. It's the most versatile range of materials on the market, all developed with the intention to create the most realistic prototypes possible."

Demonstrations of Objet's full range of materials will be available throughout the show, including the latest releases: high temperature resistant material (RGD525), clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear), ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM), bio-compatible material (MED610) and the rigid opaque VeroWhitePlus material.

Showcasing the advantages of multi-material printing, the Objet260 Connex (launched summer 2011) and the larger Objet500 Connex, will be running live on the stand. Gans adds, "Objet's capability to print multiple materials in a single build is not only unique, but it can't be competed with. No other technology can produce a part comprising 14 different material properties in a single build with no assembly. With varying properties from rigid to rubber, opaque to transparent, to engineering plastics simulation, Objet's Connex technology is the pinnacle of true product realism."

Also at the Objet stand will be the Objet desktop and Eden 3D printers.

EuroMold visitors are also invited to enjoy Objet's technology demonstrations and gallery of 3D printing applications at a happy hour at 6pm on Tuesday 29th November.

See Objet at EuroMold 2011 from 29th November - 02th December, stand D90, hall 11 in Frankfurt, Germany, and pre-register for your one-on-one meeting with the Objet team here.

For more information, visit: web.objet.com/Euromold-2011.html

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing has announced today the commercial availability of a new High Temperature Material (RGD525), available for use on Objet Connex500 and Eden500V 3D printers. The High Temperature Material is capable of simulating the thermal performance of engineering plastics and provides outstanding dimensional stability for static 3D models and prototypes. Objet plans to make the High Temperature Material available on additional platforms during 2012.

The High Temperature Material (RGD525) follows Objet's launch of Bio-Compatible material (MED610) in September and transparent VeroClear, VeroWhitePlus and ABS-like Digital Material in April 2011.

According to Zehavit Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business for Objet, "We are very excited to release the latest addition to our growing range of materials for simulating engineering plastics. The High Temperature Material allows our customers to perform genuine thermal functional testing of 3D printed parts and prototypes. The models created in this material are more resilient in diverse environmental conditions, whether in transit or under strong exhibition lighting. At this year's EuroMold - World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development show in Frankfurt, Germany - visitors will be able to see both the High Temperature Material and ABS-like Digital Material being used in an impressive array of industry applications."

The High Temperature material produces 3D models and prototypes combining high thermal functionality with outstanding dimensional stability. The material's temperature resistance makes it highly beneficial for thermal testing of static parts such as hot air-flow or hot water-flow in taps and faucets. When jetted off the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer, the High Temperature Material can be simultaneously printed with Objet's Tango family of rubber-like materials to simulate over-molded parts such as air-flow vents used in automotive, defense and household appliances.

The new Objet High Temperature Material (RGD525) has a Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT at 0.45MPa) of 65 degrees C (149 degrees F) out of the printer and 80 degrees C (176 degrees F) after a short oven-based, post-thermal treatment. With these new additions, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 68, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials), enabling a wide range of rapid prototyping usages, from realistic product visualization to advanced functional testing.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/High_Temperature/

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has announced key appointments to its Emerging Markets division, bringing on board a new general manager and new regional managers for Central America, South America and Africa. These management appointments reflect Objet's belief in the strong potential that emerging markets hold for rapid prototyping and 3D Printing. With the new regional managers in place, Objet is poised to boost its sales and service capabilities, ensuring it delivers maximum value to its growing customer base throughout the regions.

Amir Sheinman, as General Manager of Emerging Markets, is leading Objet's activities in this strategic arena. He joined Objet in March 2011, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience in management, sales, marketing, and business development at business-to-business and high technology companies, including HP and Solido 3D.

"Objet, as a global company, defined emerging markets as a strategic target and decided to invest heavily in putting together a top professional team to exploit the potential for Objet's solutions that exists in those markets," says Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet. "The team will work closely with our existing channel partners and enable their teams to achieve a leadership position in these markets."

Andrew Dehart is the new Regional Manager for Central America, responsible for Mexico, Central America, Columbia and selected parts of South America. Andy has two decades of experience in rapid prototyping and 3D Printing marketing, sales and business development, including 11 years as ZCorporation's VP of Western Hemisphere Sales and three years helping launch the Stratasys 3D Printing program. Previously, Andy led the manufacturing and tools services departments at a major US CAD/CAM distributor organization.

Objet will work closely with its distributors throughout the Central American region, including HITEC in Mexico, to extend and support their Objet-related business.

Gilad Bet-Halevi is the new Regional Manager for Africa and Selected Countries in the Middle East. He brings 12 years of business partner management experience and a proven track record of expertise in Africa, Middle East and Europe. He is stationed in Objet's regional headquarters for South Africa, providing an effective gateway to the growing African market.

In addition to a dedicated team servicing the Africa region, Objet is represented by DemaPlasTech, the first local distributor in the region, appointed at the end of 2010.

Renata Sollero is the new Regional Manager for South America. Renata brings strong Business Partner management expertise in Brazil with deep knowledge of sales and business development and also marketing strategy. In her most recent position, Renata served as Dassault Systemes' Brazil Territory Channels Manager, and was responsible to recruit and develop partners to sell, implement and deliver 3D software solutions (CAD/CAM/CAE/others). Renata has also served as Business Alliances Manager at Oracle and was responsible to build and develop the partner network for a new line of products.

Objet will strengthen business with Sycad, the existing distributor in Brazil, and open new possibilities of partnerships seeking sustainable growth in South America Region.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has launched its annual customer survey for 2011. The worldwide survey, now in its third year, is a key part of Objet's ongoing strategy to listen closely to customers' views of Objet products and services. Based on their responses, Objet assigns teams to address the feedback and requirements and to monitor improvement.

Overall, Objet consistently scores highly in multiple areas relating to its product offering and service delivery. More than 75% of respondents to the 2010 survey said there was a "high" or "very high" likelihood they would recommend Objet to others. In terms of general satisfaction, 75.6% of customers rated their satisfaction either "high" or "very high". The percentage of respondents who gave the highest possible score for installation and training improved by 20% from 2009 to 2010. Year over year improvements such as these confirm the effectiveness of Objet's strategy of listening to customers and implementing changes.

Following last year's survey, Objet set more than 120 key performance indicators (KPIs), providing a clear set of action items that were implemented in order to meet the issues that were raised in the survey. The results of this year's survey will enable Objet to evaluate the effectiveness of its continual improvement efforts and to further upgrade its performance.

"Placing our customers' satisfaction at the top of our priorities is part of our commitment to ensuring they enjoy the highest value from our offering," said David Reis, CEO of Objet. "Our annual customer survey allows us to better address customers' needs, which we trust will provide valuable benefits to future customers as well."

"We encourage all our customers to complete the 2011 Survey as it's a powerful opportunity for them to be heard and for us to listen attentively to their requests," continued Mr. Reis.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

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Objet was invited to take a starring role at a Test Lab session of Wired Magazine’s inaugural conference in London this month. “3D printing was set to be a hot topic at WIRED 2011, so we wanted to bring someone on board who could demonstrate some of the most exciting applications of the technology,” comments Peter Giblin, curator of the Test Lab. “When we heard about Objet’s unique multi-material printing capability we were determined to include Objet Connex technology in the session.”

WIRED 2011 Together with O2 was a conference celebrating ideas, innovations and people that reshape the world, designed to immerse participants in a creative and innovative atmosphere of collaborative discovery and knowledge sharing. The Test Lab session provided an opportunity for delegates to explore the latest fascinating new technologies, as selected by Wired. According to Objet UK Sales Manager Chris Baker: “It was a bustling hive of activity with robots interacting with crowd, 3D cameras recording the event and model helicopters threatening to endanger the chandeliers of The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – not to mention the 3D printing.”

Delegates had seen talks with a heavy emphasis on 3D printing earlier in the day from Chris Anderson, Wired's US Editor-in-Chief, and Lisa Harouni, MD and Co-Founder of Digital Forming. The Test Lab provided an opportunity to see the process first-hand with the recently introduced Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D Printer. Giblin concludes, “The Test Lab was a great success and we were delighted with the contribution from Objet. It was great to see the bewilderment and excitement on the faces of those new to 3D printing when they saw models printed during the session, in one build, with moving parts, multiple materials and no assembly required, and they started to contemplate the possibilities.”

For more information, visit: www.wiredevent.co.uk or www.objet.com

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today announced that Guide3D Lab will start offering its dentist customers surgical guides made of the new Objet Bio-Compatible 3D printing material (MED610™). According to Guide3D, the material combines bio-compatibility with high transparency, which makes it an ideal material for the production of highly accurate, customized implant surgical guides.

According to David Kenyan, General Manager of Guide3D Lab, "Using the Objet Bio-Compatible material enables dentists to easily use customized 3D printed surgical guides in the mouth and better monitor the soft tissue underneath to ensure a safer and more successful dental procedure."

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet adds: "Objet Bio-Compatible transparent material is manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which guarantees fulfilment of comprehensive quality management procedures for the manufacture of medical devices."

"The new Objet Bio-Compatible material is ideal for prolonged skin contact of over 30 days and mucosal-membrane contact of up to 24 hours. It has five medical approvals according to the harmonized standard ISO 10993-1: Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, Irritation and USP Plastic Class VI.* MED610 is also manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which specifies that each and every batch of the material undergoes bio-compatibility conformity testing, including GC-FID, before it is packaged. This ensures the highest bio-compatible standards for dental solutions requirements" Added Avi Cohen.

MED610 is the second material Objet has created specifically for dental and medical solutions. It joins the company's original Objet VeroDent material, currently used extensively in the digital dental process at dental labs worldwide.

Guide3D Lab is a dental institute that develops advanced technologies and procedures for the dental implants market. Guide3D's team has developed a smart design solution that features numerous technical dental implants and surgical guides using CyberMed Inc software specifically designed for making very precise surgical guides.

Founded in 2010, Guide3D is among the most promising companies nationwide for the manufacture of surgical guide appliances. Guide3d will also manufacture modules made of transparent material which can be used for the planning and precise execution of major intra oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, such as block excision of aggressive tumors and closure of large maxillary clefts by bone grafting with block grafts. Gude3d Lab is also investigating and developing the use of 3D modeling in field of orthopedic surgery.

For more information, visit: www.objetdental.com or www.guide3d.net

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is demonstrating the benefits of adding 3D printing to the dental workflow, at International Expodental Rome, today. Exhibiting at Hall 9, Stand D12 from October 6-8 - Objet presents the new Bio-Compatible 3D printing material (MED610™) and its 3D printers that help dental labs to digitize their dentistry for more accurate and cost effective results. According to Objet, the material combines bio-compatibility with high dimensional stability and clear transparency. This makes it useful for PMMA simulation and a wide range of dental solutions - particularly the production of highly accurate, customized surgical guides.

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet adds, "Objet invests significantly in R&D in order to proactively meet the requirements of our customers. The advanced mechanical properties of the new Bio-Compatible material, including clear transparency, bring benefits to the entire medical and dental workflow - from surgical planning through to the procedure itself."

The new Objet Bio-Compatible material is ideal for prolonged skin contact of over 30 days and mucosal-membrane contact of up to 24 hours. It has five medical approvals according to the harmonized standard ISO 10993-1: Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, Irritation and USP Plastic Class VI.* MED610 is also manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which specifies that each and every batch of the material undergoes bio-compatibility conformity testing, including GC-FID before it is packaged. This ensures the highest bio-compatible standards for dental solutions requirements.

Objet is also showcasing a broad range of the dental models at the event, specifically designed for the dental market. The material features extreme toughness, dimensional stability and great detail visualization-producing modelsthat can be handled immediately after being built.

Avi Cohen concludes, "Choosing the right equipment to get the best return on investment is not trivial. Objet enables dental practitioners to reap the maximum benefits from the digital dentistry era, which is exactly what we'll be demonstrating at the International Expodental Rome."

Among dental laboratories already using Objet 3D printing technology are Glidewell Laboratories, Albensi Laboratories, iDent Imaging and Remedent to fabricate unique stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, veneer try-ins, full and partial denture try-ins, surgical guides, clear aligners and retainers.

To find out more about Objet's digital dentistry solutions please visit: www.ObjetDental.com

*Biological Testing: Parts printed by Objet according to Objet MED610 Use and Maintenance Terms (DOC-08242) were evaluated for biocompatibility in accordance with standard DIN EN ISO 10993-1: 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. This addresses cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, delayed hypersensitivity, and USP plastic Class VI which includes the test for irritation, acute systemic toxicity and implantation.

DISCLAIMER: It is the responsibility of the Customer and its respective customers and end-users to determine the biocompatibility of all the component parts and materials used in its finished products for their respective purposes, including in relation to prolonged skin contact (of more than 30 days) and short-term mucosal-membrane contact (up to 24 hours). Results may vary if different conditions apply than those existing at Objet Ltd.'s ("Objet")  laboratories at testing time and those that applied for the purposes of the evaluation of biological testing specified in 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. Customer acknowledges the contents of this document and that Objet parts, materials, and supplies are subject to its standard terms and conditions identified at www.objet.com/termsandconditions which are incorporated herein by reference.

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Any avid cyclist knows that to beat the pack on the road or mountain trail you've got to be fast; you've got to pay attention to every detail, and you've got to push every limit. And your bike has to keep up. Trek, the name trusted by competitive and leisure cyclists worldwide, applies these same principles to designing new parts for its top-class bicycles. It uses Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer to speed through design iterations and confirm the fit and function of bike parts early on in the design process - reducing lead times from 28 days to just 1 day, saving precious time to market.

Using the Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer, designers in Trek's Prototype Development Group can now print a fully-functional 3D bike part they can use on their bikes in just one day, instead of waiting four weeks for a CNC part. With the prototype parts printed in Objet's new ABS-like material, engineers can test the fit and function in the toughest real-life conditions. They can insert a 3D printed prototype into a working bicycle and take it out on the trail to test performance - early on in the design cycle, when it's easier and cheaper to adjust the part design.

Objet multi-material 3D printing wins the day… And more

In 2010, When Trek was searching for a new solution for rapid prototyping new bike parts, a demonstration of the Objet Connex500's multi-material 3D printing capabilities made it Trek's ultimate choice. Trek's team were particularly impressed with the machine's unique ability to print both rigid and flexible materials together into a single prototype - enabling their designers to achieve a closer look, feel and function of their intended end-products.  

Then, after working with the Objet Connex500 for a short time, additional benefits soon came to fore.

"Our designers have a whole new world to work with for prototyping, says Mike Zeigle, Manager of Trek's Prototype Development Group. "Printing with Objet is much less time-consuming and more cost-effective than using our CNC machines for this purpose; it has reduced our prototype lead times from 4 weeks to just 1 day and in many cases to just hours. With the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer our engineers can produce multiple design iterations, perfecting our design, way beyond what they could have done if we just relied on CNC parts."

We've got great examples of something that starts out as an Objet part, goes into a CNC part, is fabricated, and then goes on to either a world cup or championship level Trek bicycle, all made with an Objet part from the start."

For more information, read the case study at: www.objet.com/pages/case_studies/consumer_goods/trek

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In response to growing demand in the UK market, Objet GmbH, the subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that UK distributor Tri-Tech Engineering will now sell its full range of Objet 3D printers, including the Objet Connex product line.

Andy Middleton, General Manager for Objet Europe, comments, “Tri-Tech has been a successful distributor for Objet for nearly a year selling our desktop printers. With the expected increase in market demand for our unique multi-material Connex technology – particularly with the introduction of the new compact and attractively priced Objet260 Connex – it is a natural progression for us to extend Tri-Tech’s representation to include our high-end product portfolio.”

The addition of the Objet Eden and Connex 3D printing systems will open up a whole new area of business for Tri-Tech.

Paul Webber, Tri-Tech Director, states his belief – “We firmly believe that the Objet brand offers customers a greater quality of models and range of materials than any other 3D printer manufacturer. Offering best-in-class, high-quality and cost-effective 3D printing solutions and services will help our customers to perfect their designs, optimize their product development process and improve time to market.”

Webber concludes, “Our close working relationship with Objet continues to go from strength to strength, putting Tri-Tech in a unique position to offer its clients a complete package for 3D printers, 3D software, modelling materials, customer support and repairs. Both existing and new customers alike can be confident that Tri-Tech is a company they can grow and develop with, and we will continue to work hard to offer the very best 3D printing solutions available today.”

Tri-Tech Engineering Ltd is an approved UK distributor and supplier of Objet 3D printing systems and materials. The company offers a complete package of services from initial specification and supply of 3D printing hardware and software, to onsite printer installation, staff training and full product support. Our UK based technical support team can provide routine maintenance, repair and servicing for all types of 3D printing and rapid manufacturing equipment through our network of fully trained in-house engineers.

Tri-Tech can boast the highest concentration of Objet trained service engineers for desktop systems within Europe, making them well placed to respond to customers’ operational needs quickly, efficiently and with the minimum of downtime or disruption. With more than 15 years experience within the 3D printing and rapid prototyping industry, Tri-Tech has been responsible for the installation and maintenance of almost 100 Objet systems throughout the UK to date.

For more information, visit: www.tri-tech.net or www.objet.com

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It’s easy to think that perfectly restored teeth should simply be “a perfect set of pearly whites”. After all, aren’t all teeth bright white and regularly shaped? Far from it. In fact, creating precise dental restorations that look and fit like natural teeth is particularly challenging.

But, in the past few years it has become easier, due to the use of digital technologies – primarily digital scanning, processing software and 3D printing.

Albensi Laboratories, a leading dental laboratory located near Pittsburgh, PA, was among the first to recognize that 3D printing could enable it to produce high-quality restorations in significantly less time. In December 2010, it started using an Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print models based on digital dental impressions created from intra-oral scans of patients’ mouths.

Accurate dental models in less than half the time
The move to digital dentistry, with Objet 3D printing, has enabled Albensi to improve the accuracy and quality of its dental restorations. An additional advantage of digital dentistry has enabled the laboratory to take on more business, without adding staff.

Albensi now provides its customers with precise, true-fit restorations in 2-3 days, instead of 5-7 days. Instead of laborously pouring models by hand, Albensi now sets its Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print models overnight, unattended.

Don R. Albensi, C.D.T., the owner of Albensi Laboratories, says that using the Objet 3D printer has transformed the lab workflow and it has brought similarly dramatic benefits to the lab’s customers. “Now, prior to the patient coming in, the dentist can examine the die and check the marginal integrity of the case as well as the contacts, which are two major areas that dentists have to deal with when fitting restorations,” says Albensi. “It normally took about 5 to 7 days to produce a restoration. We’ve developed it now to a digital workflow that we can create restorations within 2 to 3 days…The first model printed I’ll never forget… I was amazed at the quality.”

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/industries/dental or www.albensilab.com

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that the 3D printing materials it released in the first half of 2011 are now available on additional Objet 3D printing platforms and in more territories.

Objet VeroWhitePlus, a new rigid white material with enhanced dimensional stability, is now available worldwide for all Objet 3D printers. Objet VeroClear, a new rigid, water-clear transparent material, is now available for all Objet Eden and Connex 3D printers. Finally, Objet ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM), a composite material for simulating ABS-grade engineering plastics, is now available for all Objet Connex 3D printers, including the new compact, multi-material Objet260 Connex.

The ABS-like Digital Material was recently used to print a fully-functioning skateboard deck and a folding stool sitting 48 cm (19 inches) off the ground and able to sustain over 100kg in weight.

Commenting on the new material availability, Zehavit Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business at Objet said, "By widening our material availability to additional platforms and regions we are constantly enhancing the prototyping capabilities for all our customers on all our platforms, both new and old."

With the new materials introduced in the first half of 2011, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 65, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials). Objet 3D printing materials are suitable for a wide range of rapid prototyping purposes, from realistic product visualization all the way to advanced functional verification.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials







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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today launched a new Bio-Compatible 3D printing material (MED610™). According to Objet, the material combines bio-compatibility with high dimensional stability and clear transparency. This makes it useful for PMMA simulation and a wide range of medical and dental applications - particularly the production of highly accurate, customized surgical guides.

Dr. Stan Brodie, Specialist in Digital Implant Planning and Surgical Guides at iDent, and a user of Objet 3D printing technology, comments, "The accuracy and fine detail of Objet 3D-printed surgical guides guarantee surgeons a consistently high level of precision that's unmatched by manual processes. The new Bio-Compatible material now introduces further benefits to the process with improved transparency, making it easier to monitor underlying soft tissue during dental procedures."

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet adds, "Objet invests significantly in R&D in order to proactively meet the requirements of our customers. The advanced mechanical properties of the new Bio-Compatible material, including its clear transparency bring benefits to the entire medical and dental workflow - from surgical planning through to the procedure itself."

The new Objet Bio-Compatible material is ideal for prolonged skin contact of over 30 days and mucosal-membrane contact of up to 24 hours. It has five medical approvals according to the harmonized standard ISO 10993-1: Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, Irritation and USP Plastic Class VI.* MED610 is also manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which specifies that each and every batch of the material undergoes bio-compatibility conformity testing, including GC-FID before it is packaged. This ensures the highest bio-compatible standards for medical and dental application requirements.

MED610 is the second material the company has created specifically for dental and medical applications. It joins the company's original Objet VeroDent material, currently used extensively by dental labs worldwide in the digital dental process.

The Bio-Compatible material can be used on all Objet Connex and Eden 3D printers and is available for purchase immediately. Existing customers can use this material following a software upgrade.

*Biological Testing: Parts printed by Objet according to Objet MED610 Use and Maintenance Terms (DOC-08242) were evaluated for biocompatibility in accordance with standard DIN EN ISO 10993-1: 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. This addresses cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, delayed hypersensitivity, and USP plastic Class VI which includes the test for irritation, acute systemic toxicity and implantation.

DISCLAIMER: It is the responsibility of the Customer and its respective customers and end-users to determine the biocompatibility of all the component parts and materials used in its finished products for their respective purposes, including in relation to prolonged skin contact (of more than 30 days) and short-term mucosal-membrane contact (up to 24 hours). Results may vary if different conditions apply than those existing at Objet Ltd.'s ("Objet")  laboratories at testing time and those that applied for the purposes of the evaluation of biological testing specified in 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. Customer acknowledges the contents of this document and that Objet parts, materials, and supplies are subject to its standard terms and conditions identified at http://www.objet.com/termsandconditions/  which are incorporated herein by reference.

Objet does not guarantee the final release and availability of materials, products and/or features referred to herein. Materials will be released subject to Objet's sole discretion. Not all released materials are currently available for all platforms / systems. Objet will update its website further as releases become available and/or compatible with specific platforms/systems.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Bio-Compatible

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that the 'Rapidprototypedshoe' from avant-garde shoe designer Marloes ten Bhomer will hit the spotlight this autumn as part of an exhibition entitled Power of Making, starting today at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Produced using Objet multi-material 3D printing, the Rapidprototypedshoe is designed and manufactured in a modular way so that it can be dismantled and reassembled for the purpose of replacing parts.

"My work is very much about liberating design – I use new materials and methods because this helps to break away from conventional approaches," Marloes ten Bhomer explains. "The rapid prototyping process stimulated the idea for this shoe, as the name suggests. I explored the technology and saw that rapid prototyping – adding material in layers – rather than traditional shoe manufacturing methods – could help me create something entirely new within just a few hours."

Further research led ten Bhomer to Objet's Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems. "Objet Connex printers make it possible to print an entire shoe – albeit a concept shoe – including a hard heel and a flexible upper in one build, which just isn't possible with other 3D printing technologies," states ten Bhomer. "The shoe is printed as a single entity so the parts come off the printer already assembled, and you can still take the shoe apart later on. It is inspiring and opens up the possibility of interchangeable heels and creating customized designs. Also, the possibility of repairs allows for a more realistic product and changes the idea of rapid prototyping into rapid manufacturing."

Objet 3D printing, which can combine rubber-like materials and rigid materials in a single prototype, is used extensively in the footwear industry. By producing more realistic prototypes and encouraging more prototyping and design iterations, Objet's 3D printing solutions enable companies to create better end-products in shorter time and at lower overall cost. Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President of Objet comments, "The highly detailed models produced by Objet provide the benefits of physically reviewing and testing designs that just can't be matched by 2D drawings. As an affordable alternative to factory-produced samples, the process encourages users to review more design alternatives, increasing the potential to produce a more creative or better designed concept."

"Cost-wise it does make sense to use Objet 3D printing, particularly for haute couture shoe design," says ten Bhomer. "I can have prototypes printed in multiple materials with no expensive set-up costs and no minimum quantities. I also have great confidence in the quality of digital prototyping – with conventional shoe mould making, the heel is matched to its left or right counterpart by eye, so there's always room for error and it can be a slow process. By making the moulds digitally you know the left and right shoes are an exact match and it's also economical and easier to scale seven different sized pairs, as required for a commercial line of shoes, using specialist software and Objet 3D printing."

Power of Making is a free V&A and Crafts Council exhibition. Curator Daniel Charny's aim is to encourage visitors to consider the process of making, not just the final results. See ten Bhomer's Objet 3D printed Rapidprototypedshoe at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 6th September 2011 – 2nd January 2012 and visit www.vam.ac.uk/powerofmaking for more information on the exhibition.

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Objet GmbH, a subsidiary of Objet Ltd.,the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announces today that IPF, a prototyping service bureau in the UK, has implemented both the Objet clear transparent and ABS-like materials, for use with Objet 3D printers, at its office in Nazeing, just north of London, to great effect.

"We're seeing great demand for the new Objet clear transparent (Objet VeroClear) material. We consumed a significant amount of the material during the beta testing just through word-of-mouth leads alone, and we've had substantial new business specifically on the strength of the transparent capability," states Gary Miller, Head of 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping at IPF, "Objet has long been ahead of the game in terms of prototypes that truly represent the intended end-product, and the properties of the new materials can only strengthen that position."

Objet VeroClear is a truly transparent, rigid and near-colorless material featuring excellent dimensional stability for general purpose, fine detail model building and visual simulation of transparent thermoplastic such as PMMA.

"The clarity is superb," Miller comments, "The feedback from my customers is that it surpasses rival technologies such as Stereolithography (SLA), which has traditionally been requested for transparent applications. Printing in layers as fine as 16 micron layers - or even in high-speed 30 micron layers - with excellent print resolution, Objet printed models also have better surface finish, finer details and tighter tolerances."

According to Miller his customers opt for the transparent material for a diverse range of applications, "My customers are constantly breaking new ground with new products or improved parts. We are using the Objet transparent clear material for clients in the fields of architecture, automotive and consumer electronics, defense and medical. The applications range from waterflow systems, to clear screens, casing and housing for electronics, to testing lighting functionality, to using illumination to showcase design aesthetics and detail."

With regards to the Objet ABS-like material, Miller says that he has completed orders for customers from the food processing and automotive sectors, asserting: "I expect the ABS-like material to create significant new opportunities and growth from our customers within the automotive, consumer goods and F1 racing sectors. It could potentially be a business changer, which is why we were the first company in the UK to adopt it."

Designed to simulate ABS-grade engineering plastics by combining high-temperature resistances with extreme toughness, Objet ABS-like is a Digital Material[TM] for use with Objet Connex multi-material 3D printers, the world's only range of rapid prototyping systems able to jet two materials at the same time. IPF's rapid prototyping department operates both an Objet Connex500 and an Objet Eden350V 3D printer.

"The Objet ABS-like material provides a seriously compelling alternative for replicating engineering plastics, where previously FDM plastic models were probably used," says Miller. "The same fit, form and function capabilities that Objet excels in are now available with the benefits of ABS-like - rigorous durability, high temperature resistance and excellent dimensional stability. We've also found that, because the material isn't porous, the finishing options are fantastic too."

Andy Middleton, General Manager for Europe at Objet comments, "IPF has always had a pioneering spirit when it comes to 3D printing. Making its first investment in an Objet system in 2003, Gary and the team have been beta testing machines and materials for Objet ever since and are repeatedly amongst the first to take up new technologies."

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or http://ipfl.co.uk







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Objet GmbH, a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is exhibiting the Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D printing system at TCT (stand G28). Objet will showcase the company’s widely acclaimed multi-material 3D printing technology with some exceptionally realistic 3D models, some of which are printed using the newly released Objet ABS-like material and Objet water-clear transparent material.

Objet also invites TCT attendees to experience live demonstrations of the compact Objet260 Connex with a glass of champagne on Wednesday 28th September from 4pm to 5pm at a drinks reception on the stand. Visitors can also pre-register for demonstrations of the Objet260 Connex and the Objet30 Desktop 3D printer which will run throughout the show.

The Objet260 Connex is a compact and attractively priced addition to Objet’s family of multi-material 3D printers, the world’s only rapid prototyping system able to jet and mix two materials simultaneously to produce up to 14 different material properties in a single part. “Delivering this unique capability in a more compact and affordable format is an exceptional feat,” comments Chris Baker, Objet UK sales manager. “Engineers and designers alike can print premium quality prototypes featuring multiple materials to more accurately represent the true look, feel and function of off-the-shelf products. And all from a system that can sit in the corner of your office.”

Examples of the premium quality prototypes made possible through Objet printing are available on the Objet stand and around the show. A fully functional skateboard demonstrates the dimensional stability and strength achievable through Objet’s ABS-like material. Able to sustain weights of around 100 kilos repeatedly, Baker comments that the skateboard often steals the show.

IPF 3D Printing, a UK-based prototyping service bureau using Objet 3D printing systems, will also be at the show (stand H30) and exhibiting some stunning examples. Gary Miller, Head of 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping at IPF 3D Printing, comments, “Objet has long been ahead of the game in terms of true-product representation. The fine detail, surface finish and post processing options mean we can produce first-class prototypes for a vast range of uses. For instance, some of the stand-out models from our exhibition at TCT include John’s trophy, a memorial piece which required fine detail, smooth surfaces and metallization in post processing; a Judoon character from the Doctor Who series, which also needed extremely fine detail and accuracy; a yeast culture and a sample steering wheel, each produced in one print run, which illustrate the different material properties that can only be achieved with Objet technology.”

Objet will also feature in the TCT LIVE Free Conference & Seminar Programme, with Chris Baker presenting an Additive Manufacturing Tech Brief at 1pm on Wednesday 28th September. Objet representatives will also be available throughout the three-day event to discuss Objet’s entire product range of 3D printers including the unique Objet Connex multi-material line, the Objet Professional Eden line and the affordable entry-level Desktop series, and over 60 3D printing materials.

See Objet at TCT LIVE 2011 from 27th – 29th September, on stand G28 at the NEC, Birmingham.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.tctmagazine.com/x/tct-live/tctlive.html







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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will be showcasing its advanced 3D printing solutions at SIGGRAPH's 38th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 7 - 11 August 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

Objet's newest multi-material 3D printer, the compact Objet260 Connex - based on the company's patented inkjet 3D printing technology and the world's only system able to jet two materials at the same time - will be on display.

Objet will be showcasing Objet-created models from two blockbuster movies: Destroyer, from the 2011 American superhero film Thor and Neytiri of the Na'vi clan from 2009's Academy Award winning movie Avatar. The models are just a few examples of how Objet's technology is used by Legacy Effects - an award winning, full service character design, make-up, specialty prop and animatronic studio - to help bring movie characters to life.

Jason Lopes, senior systems engineer at Legacy Effects, says that rapid prototyping has been integral to their design process since Jurassic Park 3: The Lost World. "From the moment we were introduced to Objet's technology, we knew it would change our business," says Lopes. "Things we had never thought of are possible with this technology. All detail is captured and nothing is ever lost or forgotten in translation. Basically, anything that we can think up, the Objet 3D printers can print within hours."

Objet will also have several extraordinary models on hand to demonstrate the breadth and versatility of its materials, capable of simulating properties ranging from varying grades of rubber to clear transparency, all the way to rigid, ABS-grade engineering plastics. Objet currently has over 60 3D printing materials, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials), allowing designers and engineers to print typically challenging parts.

Visitors to Objet's booth (934) can view:

* A model motorcycle from the workshop of Orange County Choppers - a New York-based custom and production motorcycle manufacturer featured on Discovery Channel's American Chopper. The motorcycle was built to demonstrate the ability to adhere different Objet materials together to produce a prototype to help the team at Orange County Choppers fully understand the design intricacies of the motorcycle.
* A fully functional skateboard, printed on an Objet Connex multi-material 3D printers which has similar high dimensional stability, thermal resistance, and toughness as ABS-grade engineering plastics, enabling it to repeatedly sustain the weight of a person.

Objet 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto system build trays, where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing complex geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts.

Objet's true-to-life models offer unique opportunities for the Animation and Entertainment industry. Objet looks forward to hosting SIGGRAPH attendees at the Objet Booth 934 to experience the latest in 3D printing systems and materials.  

For more information, visit: www.objet.com





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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, made news today by demonstrating a full-size folding stool able to support over 100 kg. Like the Objet 3D-printed skateboard, Objet engineers printed the stool in a single print job, using the new Objet ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM) – a new functionally advanced material which is jetted as a composite material on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer.

The folding stool, which sits 48 cm (19 inches) off the ground, has similar high dimensional stability, thermal resistance, and toughness as ABS-grade engineering plastics, enabling it to repeatedly sustain the weight of a person.

Commenting on the folding stool, Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President at Objet said; “The folding stool is a demonstration of the unique possibilities available using Objet’s multi-material 3D printers including the new Objet260 Connex. Our technology represents the most effective way of functionally testing complex design ideas. Whether skateboards or folding stools, the prototypes that come out of Objet Connex 3D printers look like the real thing and also perform like the real thing. Not only can this stool carry the weight of a person, but it was actually printed in the fold-up position in a single print job and then opened-up upon removal from the printer to be used.”

The Objet ABS-like Digital Material is a high-impact material (65-80J/m or 1.22-1.50 ft lb/in), with high-temperature-resistance (65°C or 149°F and after thermal post treatment 90°C or 194°F). The material is ideal for manufacturers and engineers looking to functionally simulate products made of ABS-grade engineering plastics, including snap-fit parts, durable and movable parts and products requiring drop-testing.

With the new ABS-like Digital Material, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 65, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials), for a wide range of rapid prototyping purposes, enabling realistic product visualization to advanced functional verification.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com




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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today revealed the Objet260 Connex, a compact and attractively priced addition to Objet’s family of multi-material 3D printers. The Objet260 Connex is based on the company’s patented inkjet 3D printing technology – the world’s only rapid prototyping system able to jet 2 materials at the same time. This technology allows users to select from a large range of composite materials when building 3D models, such as Objet’s recently released ABS-like material. The system can also print a model replica made of up to 14 individual materials in a single print run.

Commenting on the new 3D printer, David Reis, CEO for Objet said, “The compact Objet260 Connex brings our high-resolution, multi-material 3D printing to new levels of accessibility for front-line designers and engineers who demand the highest quality prototypes and true-product representation. And all this in a system that is quiet, reliable and small enough to run in the corner of any office.”

The Objet260 Connex allows users to create prototypes containing distinct material elements, such as rigid walls with flexible, rubber-like joints or models combining transparent and opaque parts. According to Eli B Hamou, R&D Product Manager for Medtronic, a leading medical technology provider, “The Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D printer allows us to produce realistic anatomical models and prototypes of our medical devices by printing both rigid and flexible material elements in a single print job. This has enabled us to develop better end-products in far less time. It has also opened up for us a whole new direction for future research, that until now we were unable to practically consider.”

Lucien Hirschi, CEO for Zedax SA, a Swiss 3D printing service bureau said, “The new Objet260 Connex enables us to accurately simulate the real look and feel of the complex watch designs that we receive from watchmakers. As the only platform able to simulate the different material properties of assembled watches, the Objet260 Connex gives us a major advantage and enables us to expand our business opportunities.”

The Objet Connex family of 3D printers is the recipient of the EuroMold 2007 Innovation Award, recognizing the most innovative developments from the fields of mold-making and tooling, design and application development. It is used at companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, adidas AG, Trek Bicycles,  DRS Tactical Systems,  Vista Technologies, IPF, Zedax, Elster, Medtronic, and many others.

The Objet Connex family of multi-material 3D printers  uses the world’s only multi-material 3D printing technology.

Multi-material 3D Printing – Objet’s inkjet-based technology is the only one that allows 2 materials to be jetted at the same time. This opens up a whole range of new applications for 3D printing, including the accurate representation of assembled goods and consumer products. For example, consumer device prototypes that require a particular tactile feel such as mobile phones can be accurately reproduced in a single print job using a hard material for the shell and a flexible material for the keypad.

Composite materials – Objet’s inkjet-based technology is the only technology that enables the mixing of 2 materials to produce new materials with distinct properties, textures and colors. From a base of 14 cartridge ready materials, users can create up to 51 composite, Digital Materials based on various combinations of the original 14. Examples include Objet’s newly released ABS-like Digital Material, able to simulate the toughness and high temperature resistance of ABS-grade engineering plastics.

Mixed parts – Using Objet’s multi-material 3D printers, users can print a model or prototype made of up to 14 distinct material elements. Such prototypes and models can consist of soft, flexible rubber-like elements, seamlessly joined with transparent elements, or rigid elements, in a number of various colors and shades. This capability provides a unique user experience for simulating gaskets, seals, hinges, shoe soles, tires and many other soft-touch applications.

The Objet260 Connex can use Objet’s range of over 60 printing materials which provide users with a wide range of mechanical, thermal and physical  properties from rigid (Objet Vero family) to rubber (Objet Tango family) to clear transparency (Objet VeroClear) and ABS-grade engineering plastics (Objet RGD5160-DM).

The Objet260 Connex has a 260 x 260 x 200mm (10.2 x 10.2 x 7.9”) tray size and uses sealed material cartridges that are easy to insert and remove. Models are cured during the build process and can be handled immediately after printing. The system prints in 16-micron layers, producing models of unrivalled resolution detail and professional accuracy.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet260_Connex

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Objet Geometries Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Geometries Ltd., an innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will showcase the world’s only multi-material 3D printing system – Objet Connex350 - and its latest affordable desktop printers – Objet24/30 - at the Automotive Manufacturing Expo 2011. The event will be held at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) on June 23 – 26, 2011.  Objet’s partners – Ad-Pro Tech Co. Ltd. (Hall 103, Booth No. R34) and Solid System Co. Ltd. (Hall 103, Booth No. R27) – will both be participating at the Expo. A seminar will also be hosted on Thursday, June 23 (2:00pm – 3:00pm), presenting “A Leap in Material Capabilities & Objet Connex Family.”

Objet Connex350 is a 3D printing system that can simultaneously jet 2 materials offering the completely unique ability to print parts and assemblies made of multiple model materials, with different mechanical or physical properties, all in a single build. The Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing systems are programmed to use Objet’s range of 65 printing materials, including 51 composite, Digital Material combinations. Objet’s materials provide users with a wide range of mechanical, thermal and physical  properties from rigid (Objet Vero family) to rubber (Objet Tango family) to clear transparency  (Objet VeroClear) and ABS-grade engineering plastics (Objet RGD5160-DM).

Objet30 desktop 3D printer, on the other hand, is the only office-friendly desktop system capable of printing high-quality, finely detailed models in a range of different materials and material properties, ensuring exceptional accuracy and ease of use; thus, bringing affordable 3D printing solution in-house.

Objet family of 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing also complex geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts.

Automotive Manufacturing 2011 is considered as an exclusive industrial community where auto-parts makers and related industrialists congregate, attracting a significant number of regional industrialists who seek for solutions that help to accelerate productivity.


Name of Event:
Automotive manufacturing Expo 2011


Date & Time:
Jun 23 – 26, 2011 (Thu -  Sun), 10:00AM – 7:00PM


Venue:
Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC)
88 Bangna-Trad Road (Km. 1), bangna, Bangkok 10260 Thailand


Booth Location:
Hall 103 Booth No. R34 / No. R27


Seminar:
“A Leap in Material Capabilities & the Family of Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printers.”


For more information visit: www.objet.com or www.automanexpo.com

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Objet demonstrate new low-cost desktop 3D printers and advanced materials at Queensland Manufacturing Show, Stand L38.

* Product showcase – new low-cost Objet24 and Objet30 desktop 3D printers;
* Technology demonstration – new opaque rigid, true transparent clear and ABS-line materials simulating engineering plastics

The Queensland Manufacturing Show on 21 -23 June 2011, is located at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The show offers visitors access to other co-related events – The Safety Show and The Materials Handling Show.

XYZ Innovation the distributor of Objet 3D printing equipment in Australia and New Zealand will present Objet’s latest family of 3D printers and demonstrate a new range of materials.  Attendees will be able to watch a live printing process by the Objet24 a new low-cost desktop 3D printer, the first office system to print true-to-life models – featuring strong materials, small moving parts, thin walls and smooth paintable surfaces.

New Materials Technology Demonstration:

* Objet VeroWhitePlus material – a material providing high dimensional stability
* Objet VeroClear material – true clear material with great dimensional stability
* Objet ABS-like material – 3D Models simulating engineering plastics

Daniel Thomsen, Business Manager of XYZ innovation commented on the run-up to the show.

"The new low-cost Objet Desktop 3D Printers provide major cost and time improvements without compromising on model detail or functionality, the smooth finishes and fine details are comparable to our high-end machines.  Adding to this we are pleased to introduce a great range of new materials to broaden the scope of applications."

Objet’s new range of low-cost desktop 3D printing solutions are ideal for designers and engineers who need to produce accurate prototypes featuring exceptional model quality and surface detail – but want to keep their in-house 3D printing within a reasonable budget.

For more information visit: www.xyzinnovation.com.au / www.objet.com / www.safetyevents.com.au

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will be showcasing its unique multi-material 3D printers at Rapid, North America's definitive additive manufacturing event, in Minneapolis, from 23rd to the 26th of May, at booth 104. Objet’s Connex multi-material 3D printers can rapidly build prototypes from a range of 65 materials and can create a single model with up to 14 individual material properties, enabling designers to simulate the true visual and functional characteristics of complexly assembled end-products.  

As part of the Rapid event showcase, examples of Objet’s multi-material 3D printed models developed by service bureau Vista Technologies will be shown in Vista’s booth (#105), from customers representing consumer electronics, consumer goods, medical device and other industries. Dr. Mike North, President of North Design Labs, LLC will also be giving a special presentation explaining how Objet’s multi-material 3D printing technology is producing unique leg-brace prototypes made of both rigid and flexible elements within the same part, for treating children suffering from clubfoot.

According to Dr North, “The Objet Connex allows us to produce multiple prototypes with different durometers, all in a single print run, to test different designs and combinations of materials. Since our final products will be made of both injected molded soft and hard materials, we needed to be able to prototype complex geometries using various materials. Having access to this type of advancement in prototyping capabilities was essential to our innovation process, which ultimately led to a simplified, low-cost design that simply couldn’t be achieved with any technology other than Objet.”
By being able to rapidly print multiple prototypes, each with slightly different mechanical properties, North Design Labs are able not only to create a lower cost and potentially more effective design, but also get the brace into production much quicker: “The miraclefeet project is truly special for me and my team, as it not only brings a much needed solution to children with clubfoot, but also because the prototypes coming off Objet’s Connex unique multi-material 3D printer provided us immediate feedback on where our design needed to go,” added Dr. North.

“Until you actually see and hold an Objet 3D model printed in multiple materials, it’s almost impossible to appreciate how far inkjet 3D printing has advanced,” said Frank Marangell, President of Objet’s U.S. Operations. “We are talking about the only technology on the market that can simulate the true look, feel and function of an assembled end-product. Our technology can precisely replicate even different mechanical and textural properties within a model, whether it’s a leg brace with soft and hard elements, a mobile phone with soft keys and transparent screen, or a rigid shoe sole with rubber treads. I thank Dr. North for bringing this amazing story to the public and I invite everyone at Rapid to see with their own eyes ‘true product realism’ in action, and how this is solving real-business design issues and bringing products to market faster for many of the world’s leading companies.”

Objet will also be showcasing its new Objet ABS-like Digital Material (RDG5160-DM), able to simulate the high temperature resistance and toughness of ABS-grade engineering plastics and Objet’s transparent clear material (Objet VeroClear), ideal for testing and visualizing see-through parts, liquid flows, eye-wear, medical applications, lighting covers and cases and more.  
Objet’s entire product portfolio will be represented at the booth (#104), including the Objet Connex350 multi-material 3D printer, Objet Eden260V professional 3D printer and Objet24 affordable desktop 3D printer. Also on display will be a range of Objet printed models and parts from various industries ranging from consumer goods and electronics to medical devices and the automotive sector.   

For more information visit: www.objet.com

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is presenting the latest additions to its portfolio of prototyping materials, on stand 54 at PDM.

The new materials, commercially available as of April 13 this year, include an ABS-like Digital Material (Objet RGD5160-DM), a new clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear), and a rigid, general purpose material, Objet VeroWhitePlus, ideal for fit, form and function testing for a wide range of industries.

“As the leading plastics event in the UK, we expect to receive a lot of interest in the ABS-like material at PDM today,” comments Chris Baker, Objet Geometries UK sales manager. “For manufacturers and engineers looking to simulate ABS-grade engineering plastics this latest advanced material from Objet is a significant leap forward. The price performance ratio of ABS-grade engineering plastics makes them very valuable in manufacturing. The Objet ABS-like is a photopolymer material that is tough and resistant to high temperatures. It enables manufacturers to employ the high accuracy and resolution of inkjet 3D printing for fit and form testing, and also simulate engineering plastics for functional testing. The ABS-like material is excellent for simulating snap-fit parts, durable and movable parts, and products requiring drop-testing.”

Objet’s ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM) has a high temperature resistance of 65°C straight from the printer (90°C with post-thermal treatment) and a high toughness of 65-80J/m that, according to Baker “is well suited to simulate end products made of ABS.” The ABS-like material’s unique properties are made possible by Objet’s simultaneous multi-material jetting technology that’s available on the company’s Objet Connex family of 3D printers. The system allows users to create special composite Digital Materials™ – of which the new ABS-like Digital Material is just one out of 51. The system can also print a total of 65 different materials including up to 14 different materials in a single printed part. The Objet Connex350 and Objet Connex500 will be showcased at the show.

The Objet clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear) provides clear optical and visual transparency combined with great dimensional stability. It enables designers to simulate PMMA in glass-like applications such as lighting cases, lenses and cosmetics containers. The Objet VeroWhitePlus is an all-round general purpose material and is ideal for fit and form testing for a wide range of industries and for validating model design.

Also featuring at the show will be the Objet30 Desktop 3D printer. Designed for the office environment, the Objet30 provides exceptional ease of use, accuracy, affordability and uses a range of 5 printing materials – with various physical and mechanical properties.

Objet is also presenting at the co-located Product Design + Innovation conference on Thursday 19th May. Under the theme ‘Objet: From Design to Reality’ Zehavit Reisin, Objet’s Head of Consumables Line of Business, will discuss how the versatility of Objet materials support the creative design process.

See Objet at PDM from 18th – 19th May at the ExCel London, stand 54.

For more information visit: www.objet.com/3d-printing-materials or www.pdmevent.com

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will demonstrate the benefits of adding 3D printing to the workflow, at LMT LAB DAY West. Exhibiting at Booth B6, B-7, Objet will present printed dental parts and models live on the stand throughout the show on the Objet Eden260V™ 3D printing system.

“As digital dentistry becomes a standard part of production process for many dental practices and laboratories, Objet 3D printing solutions provide dentists with a high level of precision that is difficult to achieve using traditional freehand dental techniques,” states Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet Geometries. “The ability to perfectly reproduce smooth, finely detailed dental parts in real life, direct from CAD design imagery, represents a significant leap towards the age of full digital dentistry.”

“Dentists and patients have begun to see the technology as a viable alternative to their practices,” asserts Avi Cohen. “Production times are significantly reduced and bottlenecks are a thing of the past as multiple, unique parts are built in single print runs. The precision and accuracy of Objet printed parts are well recognized, and the potential for human error is removed from the process. Objet technology can significantly reduce the fabrication times of parts and models and output per technician can be dramatically increased.”

Objet will also showcase a broad range of the dental models at the event, specifically designed for the dental market. The material features extreme toughness, dimensional stability and great detail visualization – producing models that can be handled immediately after being built.

Avi Cohen concludes, “Choosing the right equipment to get the best return on investment is not trivial. Objet Geometries enables dental practitioners to reap the maximum benefits from the digital dentistry era, which is exactly what we’ll be demonstrating at the LMT LAB DAY West.”

Among dental laboratories already using Objet 3D printing technology are Glidewell Laboratories, Albensi Laboratories, iDent Imaging and Remedent to fabricate unique stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, veneer try-ins, full and partial denture try-ins, surgical guides, clear aligners and retainers.

To find out more about Objet’s digital dentistry solutions please visit: www.objet.com/dental or www.lmtmag.com/lmtlabdaywest

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Objet Geometries Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Geometries Ltd., an innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will showcase its latest affordable desktop 3D Printer – Objet24 - at its partner - XYZ Innovation’s - booth (No. 3811) at National Manufacturing Week (NMW 2011), to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 24 – 27 May 2011.

In collaboration with its partner, XYZ Innovation, Objet will present its latest desktop 3D Printer – Objet24 – at the exhibition. Objet24 is the first office system to print true-to-life models with ultra-precision details, offering greater convenience to designers and product engineers; and ultimately, bringing affordable high-quality 3D printing in-house. Starting at only USD20,900*, Objet24 is designed for the office environment, providing low-cost 3D printing without compromising model quality and accuracy.

Objet family of 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing also complex geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts.

NMW 2011 is the largest annual manufacturing exhibition in Australia that aims to strengthen manufacturing through technology, innovation and education, showcasing the latest products and constantly evolving technologies in the expanding manufacturing market.

Name of Event:
National Manufacturing Week (NMW 2011)

Date & Time:
24-27 May 2011 (Tue - Fri)
24 May 10:00AM – 6:00PM
25 May 10:00AM – 6:00PM
26 May 10:00AM – 8:00PM
27 May 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Venue:
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
Booth Location:Booth No. 3811

*Price is for Asia Pacific. Other international pricing may vary. Price excludes VAT, options, training, installation, shipping, local taxes and duties. For details, please contact your regional Objet office or Objet authorized distributors.

For more information visit: www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au or www.objet.com

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Objet Geometries Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will demonstrate their cutting-edge 3D printing systems at Objet Connex Open-house organised by JoonWoo NeoRP Solution Inc., one of Objet’s distributors South Korea, in Mario Tower, Seoul on 11th May 2011.

Objet Connex350 - Designer’s infinite creativity unleashed
Displaying at the open-house will be the Objet Connex350, the world’s only multi-material 3D printer capable of simultaneously jetting different model materials, enabling, for example, the creation of prototypes combining shiny hard surfaces interspersed with soft-touch surfaces and overmolding that are common in many consumer and electronics products.

The Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer also allows users to create prototypes from up to 65 different materials including a range of 51 – or “Digital Materials” featuring various grey shades and different Shore A values. The closer-than-ever simulation of end products combining multiple materials unleashes the unlimited creativity of designers, and delivers “real” parts to customers.

Also featuring at the open-house, will be a number of new Objet materials launched on April 13, including Objet Clear Material* featuring true transparency with high dimensional stability, and  Objet first-generation of ABS-like Material*, bringing 3D model properties closer than ever to engineering plastics simulation.

At the open-house Objet has invited Professor Choi Jae Boong from Mechanical Engineering Department of Sung Kyun Kwan University to share his views on industrial design trend and on 3D printing industry. Also during the event Objet will present some interesting applications and other successful customer studies on how Objet helps its customers to make their businesses fly.


Name of Event:
Objet Connex Open-house  

Venue:
Guro-gu, Seoul - Mario Tower
Seminar: Korea Venture Academy - ‘Success Room’ (8/F)
Machine presentation: JWNRPS Office (12/F)

Date:
11May, 2011 (Wednesday),  0930 - 1400

Enquiry:
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For more information visit: www.objet.com

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Objet Geometries Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will demonstrate their cutting-edge 3D printing systems at Objet Connex Open-houses and User Meetings in Taipei and Taichung on 27th and 29th April 2011 organised by General Integration Technology Co., Ltd., the Objet distributor in Taiwan.

Objet Connex500 – Designer’s infinite creativity unleashed

Displaying at the Open-houses and the User Meetings will be the Objet Connex500, the world’s only multi-material 3D printer capable of simultaneously jetting different model materials, enabling, for example, the creation of prototypes combining shiny hard surfaces interspersed with soft-touch surfaces and overmolding that are common in many consumer and electronics products.

The Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer also allows users to create prototypes from up to 65 different materials including a range of 51, – or “Digital Materials” featuring various gray shades and different Shore A values. The closer-than-ever simulation of end products combining multiple materials unleashes the unlimited creativity of designers, and delivers realistic parts to customers.

Also featuring at the event, will be a number of new Objet materials launch on April 13, including Objet Clear Material*  featuring true transparency with high dimensional stability, Objet ABS-like Material*, bringing 3D model properties closer than ever to engineering plastics simulationm and the Objet VeroWhitePlus* all-round general purpose material, ideal for fit and form testing for a wide range of industries and for validating model design.

At the event Objet has invited Mr Ching-Han KAO, Assistant Professor of Department of Industrial Design from Ming Chi University of Technology to share his views on industrial design trend. In addition Objet has invited Mr Tso-Fei MAO, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department from Chienkuo Technology University, to share his interesting applications as an Objet user. Also during the event Objet will present some interesting applications and other successful customer studies on how Objet helps its customers to make automotive businesses fly.

At the User Meetings Objet will also present their new Desktop printers – Objet24 and Objet30 – Objet’s latest family of affordable, easy to use 3D printers, allowing greater convenience by bringing  high-quality 3D printing in-house to every designer and product engineer’s office or desktop. Starting at only $20,900**, the Objet24 is especially suited for the office environment, providing low-cost 3D printing without compromise on model quality and accuracy.

Schedule

27 April, 2011 (Wednesday) – Taipei

Venue: Room A, 36/F, Taipei 101 International Conference Center (7 Xin Yi Road Sec 5, Taipei)

Connex Open-House: 09:30am-12:00pm

Objet User Meeting: 1:30pm - 4:30pm


29 April, 2011 (Friday) – Taichung

Venue: 4/F, West Wing, Windsor Hotel Taichung (No. 78-3 ZhongGang Road Sec 3, Taichung)

Connex Open-House: 09:30am-12:00pm

Objet User Meeting: 1:30pm - 4:30pm


For more information visit: www.git.com.tw or www.objet.com

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has announced today the commercial availability of three new advanced materials, a new ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM), a new clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear), and a new addition to the Objet Vero family; the Objet VeroWhitePlus.

With these new additions, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 65, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials), for a wide range of rapid prototyping purposes, covering from realistic product visualization all the way to advanced functional verification.

The Objet ABS-like Digital Material is a high-impact (65-80J/m or 1.22-1.50 ft lb/in), high-temperature-resistant (65°C or 149°F and after thermal post treatment 90°C or 194°F) material ideal for manufacturers and engineers looking to functionally simulate products made of ABS-grade engineering plastics, including snap-fit parts, durable and movable parts and products requiring drop-testing.

The Objet Clear material provides clear optical and visual transparency combined with great dimensional stability enabling designers to simulate PMMA in glass-like applications such as lighting cases, lenses and cosmetics containers.

The Objet VeroWhitePlus all-round general purpose material that was recently released for Objet's desktop family 3D printers is now available for the Objet Eden professional line of 3D printers and the Objet Connex line of multi-material 3D printers. The Objet VeroWhitePlus is ideal for fit and form testing for a wide range of industries and for validating model design.

Maximilian Loerzel, Managing Director for Schroeter, a Germany-based service bureau, commented on the performance of the new materials for the company's automotive customers, "Both the ABS-like material and the clear transparent material are exactly what we, in the automotive industry, are looking for and are essential for the rapid prototyping of our show car. The ABS-like material, with its heat resistance, toughness and flexibility, is well-suited for simulating outdoor applications, while the clear transparent material arrived just in time for the automotive lighting revolution, enabling us to simulate PlexiGlass final parts, including light guides, lamps, display panels and more."

Michael Rückner, Head of CAD/CAM Rapid Prototyping Department for Volke Entwicklungsring GmbH, says, "The use of latest technologies is our top priority. Thanks to Objet's Connex500 with the new digital materials we are able to accelerate the production of ABS-like parts by up to 50%."

Gary Miller, Head of Rapid Prototyping at IPF, a service bureau in the UK, adds, "I can see huge potential for the new Objet VeroClear material, particularly within the consumer electronics sector. During the beta testing we had great success producing clear screens, casing and housing for electronics. The new clear material allows LED lights to be easily seen within the casings and housings. Objet has considerable advantages over other technologies as well as cutting timescales dramatically. It sounds like a simple requirement, but I doubt others could compete on all these aspects of the job."

* Objet ABS-like material (RGD5160-DM) is now available for the Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printers. (For existing customers, operating this material requires the installation of an upgrade kit to the existing Objet 3D printer).

Availability

* Objet VeroWhitePlus, recently launched for the Desktop family of 3D printers is now available for the Objet Connex and the Objet Eden 3D printing systems. (Availability initially limited to specific regions).
* Objet VeroClear is now available for the Objet Connex and the Objet EdenV 3D printing systems.
* Objet ABS-like material (RGD5160-DM) is now available for the Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printers. (For existing customers, operating this material requires the installation of an upgrade kit to the existing Objet 3D printer).


DISCLAIMER: Objet Geometries Ltd. ("Objet") does not guarantee the final release and availability of materials, products and/or features referred to herein. Materials will be released subject to Objet's sole discretion. Not all released materials are currently available for all platforms/systems. Objet will update its website further to releases become available and/or compatible with specific platforms/systems.

For more information visit: www.objet.com





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MCAD Technologies, a leading product development software solutions provider, and Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing have signed a partnership allowing MCAD Technologies to sell Objet’s full suite of 3D printing systems, effective immediately.

MCAD will market and sell Objet’s full line of 3D printers, including the Objet Connex family, the only multi-material 3D printing system that allows customers to print parts made of different materials in a single build process. MCAD will also market and sell the Objet Eden professional line of 3D printers and Objet’s new desktop family of 3D printers, providing high-resolution, fine-detail desktop 3D printing at an affordable price, starting at only $19,900*.

“Objet brings our valued customers professional, high-quality 3D printing, enabling them to rapidly create product prototypes, decrease their development costs and improve time to market. We are very impressed with the results Objet delivers across so many industries and are happy to be bringing our customers such an efficient and effective prototyping solution as an additional tool to their design requirements,” said Sue Evans, Owner and CEO of MCAD Technologies.

“MCAD has a proven record of success selling SolidWorks to exactly the type of organizations that are investing in Objet 3D printers,” said Frank Marangell, President of Objet US. “Having a partner of MCAD’s caliber covering Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Washington is a benefit to not only Objet, but also for the customers in that region seeking our solutions.”

For more information visit: www.mcad.com or www.objet.com

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Objet Geometries Ltd.., the innovation leader in 3D printing, highlights an expansive portfolio of rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing solutions at Hannover Messe in hall 17, stand F58 this year. From affordable desktop systems to the unique multi-material Objet Connex™ 3D printers, Objet's diverse range of products provide scope for countless applications across numerous industries.

"Objet makes high-quality 3D printing convenient and accessible for the office of every designer and product engineer," comments Eric Bredin, European Marketing Manager for Objet Geometries. "Whether you're a rocket scientist or a shoe designer, there is an incredible advantage to being able to rapidly print a CAD design into a real, functionally verifiable prototype that is almost indistinguishable from your end-product. With Objet technology, designers can better communicate their product's visual and functional properties to customers, decision makers and focus groups early on in the product development stage, enabling significant savings to be made in both development time and costs."

In addition to its range of 3D printers, Objet has a continually expanding range of materials. "Objet materials span a considerable range of physical and mechanical properties. Combine that with outstanding accuracy and surface finish, and Objet technology users have the potential to create an inspiring variety of prototype parts and products," elaborates Bredin.

Objet 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing any geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts.

Objet's rapid prototyping technologies will be demonstrated throughout the Hannover Messe exhibition by the affordable Objet24 desktop 3D printer and the Objet Connex350 multi-material 3D printer. See Objet from 4 to 8th April, on stand F58, hall 17.

For more information visit: www.objet.com or www.hannovermesse.de

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced that Executive Vice President for Products, Dr. Ofer Shochet will address this weeks 3D Systems User Group (3DSUG) Conference to talk about the latest rapid prototyping requirements of Fortune 500 organizations and leading service bureaus and how inkjet-based multi-material 3D printing is generating a significant change in the visualization and testing of product designs.

“I am excited to speak at 3DSUG Conference. The attendees of this conference are experts in rapid prototyping and pride themselves on their in-depth knowledge of the technologies available to help their organization,” said Dr. Ofer Shochet, Executive VP of Products for Objet Geometries. “It’s an honor to address this audience to discuss our groundbreaking advances in 3D printing and to hear directly from them how these advances relate to their products development processes and needs.”

The 2011 3DSUG Conference brings together operators and owners from leading companies to encourage and coordinate technical information exchange on rapid prototyping technologies. The event is being held at the Miami downtown Hilton from April 3rd to April 7th.

Shochet will present Objet’s recent multi-material technology breakthrough; an ABS-like material simulating the performance of engineering plastics, and how these improved material and mechanical properties will change the world of 3D printing. Dr. Shochet will also reveal a number of substantial investments Objet has made in R&D to meet the stringent prototyping requirements of global companies worldwide.

Objet is also a sponsor of the event and will participate in the vendor fair, showcasing the new Objet24 Desktop 3D printer, the industry’s highest-resolution desktop 3D printer, enabling designers and engineers to create true-to-life models and prototypes featuring ultra-precise details and smooth surfaces.

Also on display will be the Objet Connex500, the only 3D printer technology that enables simultaneous jetting of multiple materials. The Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer allows users to create a range of up to 51 rigid and rubber-like composite materials, –or “Digital Materials” featuring a wide range of Shore scale A values for rubber like simulation, a gray shade scale for rigid material simulation, and polypropylene simulation in terms of mechanical properties. This unique ability allows users to create models with as many as 14 different material properties in one part while also creating prototypes with overmolds and soft touch areas in a single build.

Additionally, Objet will showcase a number of upcoming new materials featuring improved mechanical and thermal properties, true transparency and properties simulating engineering plastics. The company will also be hosting an onsite hands-on technical seminar to the highlight best practices for maintaining Objet 3D printers.

DISCLAIMER: Objet Geometries Ltd. ("Objet") does not guarantee the final release and availability of materials, products and/or features referred to herein. Materials will be released subject to Objet’s sole discretion. Not all released materials are currently available for all platforms/systems. Objet will update its website further to releases become available and/or compatible with specific platforms/systems.

For more information visit: www.objet.com or www.3dsug.org

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that Laserdenta GmbH, a global leader in 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions for the dental industry, has enhanced their Laserdenta's OpenCAD™ software’s compatibility with Objet’s Eden™ line of 3D printing systems, enabling optimized fabrication and fit precision of dental crown stone models.

Enhanced compatibility is provided by a series of pre-defined settings that allow dental technicians to fabricate highly accurate dental stone models directly from the digital files of 3D dental scans.

“We have worked closely with Objet to validate and optimize the settings needed to produce highly accurate and repeatable dental models on Objet Eden 3D printers,” noted Dr. Wolfgang Kirchner, CEO and founder of Laserdenta. “The combination of our 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions with Objet’s 3D printing technology enables us to bring the power of mass customization to all small and mid-size dental labs.”

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet Geometries, added: “We are very pleased that dental labs and production centers that employ Laserdenta scanners and CAD software can now expand their services to provide highly accurate 3D printed restorations. The combination of Laserdenta’s unique CAD/CAM software capabilities and Objet’s fine-detail and smooth-surface 3D printing technology represents the ultimate digital solution package for manufacturers of dental restorations.”

For more information visit: www.laserdenta.com or www.objet.com

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As digital dentistry becomes a standard production tool for many dental practices and laboratories, Objet Geometries Ltd. demonstrates the benefits of adding 3D printing to the workflow at IDS. Exhibiting on stand E-079, hall 3.2, Objet will present printed dental parts and models live on the stand throughout the show on the Objet Eden260V™ 3D printing system.

“Objet 3D printing solutions provide dentists with a high level of precision that is difficult to achieve using traditional freehand dental techniques,” states Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet. “The ability to perfectly reproduce smooth, finely detailed dental parts in real life, direct from CAD design imagery, represents a significant leap towards the age of full digital dentistry.”

According to Avi Cohen, Objet technology can reduce the fabrication times of parts and models substantially and output per technician can be dramatically increased. A fast growing number of dental laboratories, including companies such as OPT Clearstep, Glidewell, Albensi Dental, iDent and Remedent, are using the industry-proven technology to fabricate unique stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, veneer try-ins, full and partial denture try-ins, surgical guides, clear aligners and retainers.

“The adoption of digital technology is happening rapidly in the dental industry and we see 3D printing as a key part of this workflow trend. The benefits of a process that integrates oral scanning with digital design and digital printing over traditional methods are clear,” asserts Avi Cohen. “Production times are significantly reduced and bottlenecks are a thing of the past as multiple, unique parts are built in single print runs. The precision and accuracy of Objet printed parts will not be beaten and, perhaps more importantly, they’re consistent – the potential for human error is removed from the process. Even the patient experience can be dramatically improved by eliminating the dependence on physical impressions, which can be both uncomfortable and inconvenient.”

Objet will also showcase a broad range of the dental models at IDS, specifically designed for the dental market. The material features extreme toughness, dimensional stability and great detail visualization – producing models that can be handled immediately after being built.

Avi Cohen concludes, “Choosing the right equipment to get the best return on investment can be tricky. Objet Geometries is committed to enabling dental practitioners to reap the maximum benefits from the digital dentistry era, which is exactly what we’ll be demonstrating at IDS.”

To find out more about Objet’s digital dentistry solutions please visit www.objet.com/dental

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Remedent (Gent, Belgium), a global leader in porcelain veneers and teeth whiting solutions for the cosmetic dental industry, announced today that it has teamed up with Objet Geometries (Rehovot, Israel), the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, to enhance the fabrication process for dental veneer try-ins and delivery guides using Objet’s 3D printing solutions.

Using Objet 3D printing solutions, Remedent are able to create temporary clip-on veneers, also known as ‘Try in Smile’, allowing patients to realistically evaluate how their final ceramic veneers will look and feel before the order is placed.

“Using the Objet Eden 3D printing solution, Remedent are now able to rapidly manufacture high quality customized veneer models and delivery trays directly from their proprietary design software,” said Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet Geometries. “Objet’s 3D printing solutions provide dentists with a high level of precision that is otherwise difficult to achieve using traditional freehand dental techniques. The ability to perfectly reproduce smooth, finely detailed dental parts in real life; straight from the CAD design imagery represents a significant leap towards the age of full digital dentistry.”

Guy De Vreese, Chairman and CEO of Remedent NV commented, “3D printing technology taps a multi-billion dollar market potential by making the production of dental veneers less traumatic, less expensive and less time-consuming for patients, as well as simpler and more profitable for dentists. By leveraging the capabilities of Objet’s 3D printing solutions worldwide, we can now expand our digital dentistry offering and satisfy the needs of more customers requesting digitally designed veneers."

For more information about Objet visit: www.objet.com/industries/dental

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will be showcasing its advanced 3D printing solutions for digital dentistry at LMT Lab Day East, February 25-26, in Chicago, the largest international gathering of the dental laboratory community in North America.

On display at the Objet booth will be the Objet Eden260V™ 3D printer designed for digital dentistry. Also on display will be a range of dental 3D models and parts created using Objet’s 3D printing solutions.

“Objet’s 3D printing solutions have the potential to greatly reduce dental model fabrication times and increase output per technician,” said Frank Marangell, President of Objet’s US operations. “With Objet, dental labs now have the fastest 3D technology for handling digital files in-house. They can repeatedly fabricate a range of dental and orthodontic appliances, eliminate their dependence on physical impressions and provide a faster, cheaper and more accurate service to their customers.”

Dental models produced on the Objet Eden260V 3D printer are durable, featuring exceptional precision, fine details and an outstanding surface finish – all necessary for ensuring the high degree of accuracy required by the dental industry.

According to Don Albensi, CEO of Albensi Dental Lab, “We have developed a process called PG-Pro™. This enables our lab to complete a restoration within 3 days of the intraoral scan. The Objet 3D printer provides an accurate and cost effective solution for completing this process and increasing profitability. It has been an integral component for completing Albensi Dental Lab's digital workflow."

"With Objet’s digital dental solutions, labs owners can now scale up their business with ease and dentists can provide a better end-product with a more efficient service to patients. Labs attending this conference will be able to see first hand how Objet is benefiting organizations like Glidewell, Albensi Dental, Allure, Remedent and others," added Marangell.

Objet looks forward to hosting LMT Lab Day attendees at the Objet Booth 1009 & 1011 to experience the latest in 3D printing for digital dentistry.

About Objet’s Digital Dental Solutions:

Objet’s 3D printing solutions are based around the Objet Eden family of 3D printers providing:

• Attention to detail– print ultra-fine detail parts featuring smooth surfaces and appropriate layer thickness

• Fit, form and function – Objet’s dental material features high toughness, dimensional stability and great detail visualization – producing models that can be handled immediately after being built

• Fast printing speed– produce hundreds of quadrant-style dental models per machine per day making a massive saving in manpower hours

• High compatibility– Objet’s 3D printing systems integrate smoothly with the market’s leading dental design and manufacturing solutions

• Environmentally safe– uses fully-sealed material cartridges that are REACH compliant

• Ease of use– no specialist skills or computing knowledge required

• No need for climate control– Objet 3D printing machines are quiet and don’t produce heat or strong odors

To find out more about Objet’s digital dentistry solutions please visit www.objet.com/dental

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will showcase its latest advances in 3D printing at SolidWorks World 2011. Objet will demo a number of upcoming new materials featuring improved mechanical and thermal properties including true transparency, high-temperature resistance and the ABS-like properties of engineering plastics.

Objet will also be presenting their new desktop family of 3D printers, the Objet24 and Objet30, designed to combine Objet’s advanced build quality with an affordable price tag starting at just 19,900* for the desktop and office environment.

“The materials that we will be demonstrating at SolidWorks World will pave the way for a host of new 3D printing applications in many more industries,” said Frank Marangell, President of Objet USA. “With the addition of our new materials, customers will now benefit from an even greater range of functional and thermal characteristics to choose from, including an ABS-like material with properties now closer than ever to engineering plastics, a clear material with true transparent appearance and a high temperature material.”

Marangell added, “We’re equally excited about our recent announcement of the Objet24 and Objet30 line of desktop 3D printers. Companies can now get the same high-quality parts they’ve come to expect from our high-end 3D printers, but now at a starting price of only $19,900 for the Objet24. The Objet30 is also unique to the market in giving customers a choice of materials.”

The Objet Booth (Booth 125) will also feature Objet’s award winning Connex – the only 3D printing solution that prints, in a single build process, parts and assemblies made of multiple materials with different mechanical and physical properties. Objet’s broad portfolio of 3D printers all create extremely durable, high-quality models featuring exceptional levels of detail and clean, smooth surfaces.

Objet Geometries new materials planned for release in 2011**:

• Objet VeroWhitePlus – providing the same great dimensional stability as Objet VeroGray, now in white***.
• Objet Clear Material – offering true transparency with great dimensional stability.
• Objet High Temperature Material – with outstanding thermal functionality and dimensional stability.
• Objet ABS-like Material – with functional characteristics now closer than ever to engineering plastics.

To find out more about Objet’s planned new materials, the new desktop family of 3D printers, and to see Objet’s President and CEO David Reis’ present his vision for the industry, view Objet’s media briefing at EuroMold 2010 here.

Objet looks forward to hosting SolidWorks World attendees at the Objet Booth – Booth 125 – to experience the latest in 3D printing systems and materials.


About Objet Geometries

Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, provides 3-dimensional printing systems that enable manufacturers and industrial designers to reduce cost of product development and dramatically shorten time-to-market of new products.

Objet’s ultra-thin-layer, high-resolution 3-dimensional printing systems and materials utilize PolyJet polymer jetting technology, to print ultra-thin 16-micron layers. The market-proven Objet Eden line of 3D Printing Systems and the Objet24, Objet30, and Objet Alaris30 3D desktop printers are based on Objet’s patented office-friendly PolyJet Technology. The Objet Connex multi-material family is based on Objet’s PolyJet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on the fly. All Objet systems use Objet’s FullCure® materials to create accurate, clean, smooth, and highly detailed 3D parts.

Objet systems are in use by customers worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies, in multiple industries such as Dental, Medical, Medical Devices, Education, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, toys, consumer goods, and footwear industries.

Founded in 1998, Objet serves its growing global customer base through offices in USA, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong, and a global network of distribution partners. Objet owns more than 50 patents and patent pending inventions. For more information, visit us at www.objet.com.
© 2010 Objet, Quadra, QuadraTempo, PolyJet, FullCure, SHR, Eden, Eden250, Eden260, Eden 260V, Eden330, Eden350, Eden350V, Eden500V, Job Manager, Objet Studio, CADMatrix, Connex, Connex350, Connex500, Alaris, Alaris30, PolyLog, TangoBlack, TangoGray, TangoPlus, TangoBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroWhite, VeroBlack, VeroGray, Durus, Digital Materials, Polyjet Matrix and ObjetGreen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Objet Geometries Ltd. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

*The Objet24 and Objet30 are available for purchase via the company’s worldwide offices or its global network of distributors. The recommended retail price for the Objet24 starts at $19,900 – US dollars - (€16,900 in Europe; other international pricing may vary). Prices exclude VAT, options, shipping, local taxes and duties. For details, please contact your regional Objet office or Objet authorized distributors.

**Objet does not guarantee the final release and availability of any pre-released materials, products, or features. Please check our website (http://www.objet.com/PRODUCTS/Materials/) for current offerings and updates.

***Objet VeroWhitePlus is available in use for the Objet24 and Objet30 desktop 3D printers, and will be available on other Objet 3D printing systems in 2011.

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced that it has signed a reseller agent agreement with Chengdu Jingxing Sci-Tech Ddevelopment Co., Ltd. (Jingxing), Changchun Mingwei Technology Co., Ltd. (Mingwei Tech) and ShangXi SWT Technology Co., Ltd., (3DSWT). The 3 new agents will now be reselling Objet 3D printing systems in China.

The agreement between Objet and the 3 new agents is an important milestone within Objet strategic plan to enhance its position in China market. The 3 new agents are coming from different area of profession — Jingxing is one of the top leader in providing rapid prototyping and 3D scanning solutions; Mingwei Tech is the major distributor and service provider of CAD/CAE/CAM/DM software in North Eastern China; while 3DSWT is the sole VAR of SolidWorks 3D CAD software in Shangxi China.

Objet has been focusing on expanding 3D printing market in China. On this territory there are many provinces with different characteristics in the market, and thus local support is the key to success. Mr. Harry Wang, General Manager of Objet China & Hong Kong, added: “We are excited to appoint Jingxing, Mingwei Tech and 3DSWT as our dedicated agents in China which we defined as a strategic market for us. With the 3 new agents in different specialties in the market, Objet is not only being capable of providing high quality products to small and medium sizes businesses nationwide, but also providing customer-oriented local support and services with their excellent customer support capabilities and infrastructure.” Objet will continue its plan for more reseller collaborations to further develop 3D printing marketing in China.

About Objet Geometries

Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, provides 3-dimensional printing systems that enable manufacturers and industrial designers to reduce cost of product development and dramatically shorten time-to-market of new products.

Objet’s ultra-thin-layer, high-resolution 3-dimensional printing systems and materials utilize PolyJet polymer jetting technology, to print ultra-thin 16-micron layers. The market-proven Eden line of 3D Printing Systems and the Alaris30 3D desktop printer are based on Objet’s patented office-friendly PolyJet Technology. The Connex multi-material family is based on Objet’s PolyJet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on the fly. All Objet systems use Objet’s FullCure® materials to create accurate, clean, smooth, and highly detailed 3D parts.

Objet systems are in use by customers worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies, in multiple industries such as Education, Medical / Medical Devices & Dental, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, toys, consumer goods, and footwear industries.

Founded in 1998, Objet serves its growing global customer base through offices in USA, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong, and a global network of distribution partners. Objet owns more than 50 patents and patent pending inventions. For more information, visit us at www.objet.com

About Jingxing

Chengdu Jingxing Sci-Tech Ddevelopment Co,.Ltd. is a supplier of graphic inputting, outputting and post-processing machines, binding facilities, rapid prototyping equipment, 3D printing machines, 3D scanners. It serves various industries including electricity, aviation, machinery, water conservancy, defense, medical and education, with businesses in Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Guizhou, Xizang and other areas in south-western China.

For more information about Jingxing, please visit: http://www.cd-jx.com.cn

About Mingwei Tech

Established in 2003, Changchun Mingwei Technology Co., Ltd. is specialised in providing digital solutions on product development and manufacturing, as well as software development and other integration solutions.

Mingwei Tech is under Seimens Industrial Automation division, distributing Siemens PLM Software products including UG, Ideas, Imageware, Solid edge, NX Nastran, Teamcenter in northern China. Mingwei Tech is one of the major distributors of Autodesk CAD software in north-eastern China.

For more information about Jingxing, please visit : www.mingwei.cn or www.qmpx.net

About 3DSWT

Established in 2008, ShangXi SWT Technology Co., Ltd., is the only VAR of Solidworks 3D CAD software in Shangx, providing comprehensive sales, technical support and services to the region. 3DSWT is specialized in providing one-stop digital solutions on product design, data management, and production cycle management (CAD/CAE/PDM/PLM/RP).

For more information about Jingxing, please visit : http://www.3dswt.com

© 2010 Objet, Quadra, QuadraTempo, PolyJet, FullCure, SHR, Eden, Eden250, Eden260, Eden 260V, Eden330, Eden350, Eden350V, Eden500V, Job Manager, Objet Studio, CADMatrix, Connex, Connex350, Connex500, Alaris, Alaris30, PolyLog, TangoBlack, TangoGray, TangoPlus, TangoBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroWhite, VeroBlack, VeroGray, Durus, Digital Materials, Polyjet Matrix and ObjetGreen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Objet Geometries Ltd. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.  

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced collaboration with Clearstep Laboratories, a leading provider of digital orthodontic solutions. Objet’s high resolution, 3D printing systems will facilitate Clearstep™ to become more efficient in manufacturing custom-made orthodontic clear aligners on a mass scale. Working together, Clearstep and Objet will bring the advantages of digital printing technology to orthodontics.

The Clearstep Solution is a series of clear, removable aligners designed to align the patient’s teeth, which both orthodontists and dentists use as an alternative to traditional metal braces. The clear aligners consist of individual parts vacuum-formed using Objet’s printed models. The Clearstep manufacturing center is one of the most advanced digital production center in the UK. The production is heavily supported by Objet 3D printing systems, which help to reduce the time required for the clear braces production process.

“Objet and Clearstep have teamed up to implement Objet's ultra-thin layer, high-resolution 3D printing applications in the Clearstep production process,” said Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet. "We expect this cooperation will increase overall manufacturing productivity and offer significant benefits to Clearstep customers.”

Alistair McCance, Managing Director of Clearstep commented: “The Clearstep solution was developed by one of the country’s leading orthodontists, Dr Andrew McCance, who understands the unique treatment and compliance needs of advanced orthodontic solutions. The digital production center combines the unique benefits of the Clearstep solution combined with a series of Objet’s 3D printing systems. We are continually looking for ways to increase productivity and expect that our all-in-one digital workflow will help to improve the service to our customers and to augment the productivity of our highly skilled local lab technicians."
"We see this as a significant orthodontic solution that teams together two leading technologies. We recognize the high value of Clearstep's solution and we believe that by bringing it together with Objet’s 3D printing systems, we shall achieve top results for the benefit of users worldwide," concludes Avi Cohen.

About Clearstep
Clearstep started to develop in 2001 as the brainchild of Dr Andrew McCance. Listening to the needs and desires of his patients for an orthodontic solution that was “invisible” yet efficient, Dr McCance began to explore the potential of clear positioner braces. After successfully launching the product to the specialist market, in 2005 the Clearstep Diagnostic Faculty was set up in order to empower General Dental Practitioners to offer Clearstep to their patients. Providing support and guidance from specialist orthodontists in the diagnosis and treatment planning allows General Dental Practitioners to offer a high quality orthodontic solution to their patients in practice.

Over the next three years, Ortho Pro-Teknica began to grow as demand for the clear brace increased. In 2006 the company won the Sussex Business Awards and was a finalist in the National Business Awards.
Copyright © Ortho Pro-Teknica Limited 2010. 'Clearstep' (word and logo) are trademarks of Ortho Pro-Teknica Limited.

About Objet Geometries
Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, provides 3-dimensional printing systems that enable manufacturers and industrial designers to reduce cost of product development and dramatically shorten time-to-market of new products.

Objet’s ultra-thin-layer, high-resolution 3-dimensional printing systems and materials utilize PolyJet polymer jetting technology, to print ultra-thin 16-micron layers. The market-proven Eden line of 3D Printing Systems and the Alaris30 3D desktop printer are based on Objet’s patented office-friendly PolyJet Technology. The Connex multi-material family is based on Objet’s PolyJet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on the fly. All Objet systems use Objet’s FullCure® materials to create accurate, clean, smooth, and highly detailed 3D parts.

Objet systems are in use by customers worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies, in multiple industries such as Education, Medical / Medical Devices & Dental, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, toys, consumer goods, and footwear industries.

Founded in 1998, Objet serves its growing global customer base through offices in USA, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong, and a global network of distribution partners. Objet owns more than 50 patents and patent pending inventions. For more information, visit us at www.objet.com.

© 2010 Objet, Quadra, QuadraTempo, PolyJet, FullCure, SHR, Eden, Eden250, Eden260, Eden 260V, Eden330, Eden350, Eden350V, Eden500V, Job Manager, Objet Studio, CADMatrix, Connex, Connex350, Connex500, Alaris, Alaris30, PolyLog, TangoBlack, TangoGray, TangoPlus, TangoBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroWhite, VeroWhitePlus, VeroBlack, VeroGray, Durus, Digital Materials, Polyjet Matrix and ObjetGreen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Objet Geometries Ltd. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, revealed at EuroMold the new family of desktop 3D printers (Objet24 and Objet30), starting at $19,900*. The company is also holding a unique technology demonstration of new advanced materials** featuring clear transparency, high-temperature resistance and ABS-like quality simulating engineering plastics.

The Objet24 and Objet30 are part of Objet’s latest family of affordable, easy to use 3D printers, making high-quality 3D printing convenient for the office of every designer and product engineer.

Beginning at only $19,900*, the Objet24 is especially suited to the office environment, providing low-cost 3D printing without compromise on model detail or functional versatility. The Objet30 is capable of printing a range of materials making it suitable to a number of applications. Both Objet24 and Objet30 produce models with extremely smooth surfaces and fine details.

Upcoming Materials Technology Demonstration:

Objet will be performing a unique technology demonstration of its new upcoming materials** to be released in 2011, including;

* Objet Clear Material featuring true transparency with high dimensional stability;
* Objet High Temperature Material, bringing 3D printing models into a new era of thermal functionality; and
* Objet first-generation of ABS-like Material, bringing 3D model properties closer than ever to engineering plastics.

Objet is simultaneously launching the new Objet VeroWhitePlus** material. Featuring the high dimensional stability of Objet VeroGray now in white, Objet VeroWhitePlus is ideal for fit and form testing for a wide range of industries. The Objet VeroWhitePlus will replace the Objet VeroWhite during 2011.

Commenting on the run-up to the show, David Reis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Objet Geometries said: “In this year’s show we are taking both our materials and our 3D printers to new industry levels. Our new family of desktop 3D printers is the first high resolution 3D printer with a low
price tag and exceptional ease of use – making it ideal for office printing and opening up a new world of opportunities for designers and engineers.”

“The new range of Objet products and materials manifests our unequivocal commitment to our customers’ success. Our latest advances in product development and the introduction of true Clear Material, High Temperature Resistance Material and ABS-like toughness Material combined with Objet’s quality make all the difference in achieving true-to-life prototypes,” added Reis.

Commenting on the field test results, an Objet customer said; “With Objet’s Clear Material we are able to print thin, transparent parts. This means we can potentially move our clear-material jobs from our outsourced SLA provider to our own in-house Objet 3D printer, saving us both time and money. Objet’s High Temperature Material features excellent heat-resistance that enabled us to conduct intensive lighting tests for our automotive design projects. While we achieved acceptable results using SLA materials - the lengthy post-processing of the part made it prohibitively time-consuming when compared to the quality and detail that Objet provided straight from the printer.”

Also at the show, attendees will be able to watch a live printing process by the award-winning Objet Connex – the only 3D printing solution delivering rapid prototyping of moving parts and assemblies made of multiple materials with different mechanical and physical properties – all from a single build process.

We look forward to hosting EuroMold attendees at the Objet booth – Hall 11; Stand C92 – to experience the latest in materials and 3D printing.

Objet and David Reis hosted a Media Event at EuroMold on Thursday, December 2nd. The Media Event will be available on-demand from the Objet website during the day.

*The Objet24 and Objet30 are available for purchase via the company’s worldwide offices or its global network of distributors. The recommended retail price for the Objet24 starts at $19,900 – US dollars - (starts at €16,900 in Europe; other international pricing may vary). Prices exclude VAT, options, training, installation, shipping, local taxes and duties. For details, please contact your regional Objet office or Objet authorized distributors.

**Objet does not guarantee the final release and availability of any pre-released materials, products, or features. Please check our website (http://www.objet.com/PRODUCTS/Materials/) for current offerings and updates.

***Objet VeroWhitePlus is available for the Objet24 and Objet30 desktop 3D printers. Please check our website (http://www.objet.com/PRODUCTS/Materials/) for current offerings and updates regarding availability for other Objet 3D printing systems.

About Objet Geometries

Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, provides 3-dimensional printing systems that enable manufacturers and industrial designers to reduce cost of product development and dramatically shorten time-to-market of new products.

Objet’s ultra-thin-layer, high-resolution 3-dimensional printing systems and materials utilize PolyJet polymer jetting technology, to print ultra-thin 16-micron layers. The market-proven Eden line of 3D Printing Systems and the Alaris30 3D desktop printer are based on Objet’s patented office-friendly PolyJet Technology. The Connex multi-material family is based on Objet’s PolyJet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on the fly. All Objet systems use Objet’s FullCure® materials to create accurate, clean, smooth, and highly detailed 3D parts.

Objet systems are in use by customers worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies, in multiple industries such as Education, Medical / Medical Devices & Dental, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, toys, consumer goods, and footwear industries.

Founded in 1998, Objet serves its growing global customer base through offices in USA, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong, and a global network of distribution partners. Objet owns more than 50 patents and patent pending inventions. For more information, visit us at www.objet.com.

© 2010 Objet, Quadra, QuadraTempo, PolyJet, FullCure, SHR, Eden, Eden250, Eden260, Eden 260V, Eden330, Eden350, Eden350V, Eden500V, Job Manager, Objet Studio, CADMatrix, Connex, Connex350, Connex500, Alaris, Alaris30, PolyLog, TangoBlack, TangoGray, TangoPlus, TangoBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroWhite, VeroBlack, VeroGray, Durus, Digital Materials, Polyjet Matrix and ObjetGreen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Objet Geometries Ltd. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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USA
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United Kingdom
Dave Chandler
UK Bespoke
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Arita Mattsoff
Objet Geometries Ltd.
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Japan
Masaya Takahama
The Hoffman Agency, Japan
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China
Dong Chen
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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with DemaPlasTech Machinery (Pty) Ltd., a provider of total solutions for all injection molding requirements. Located in South Africa, DemaPlasTech will distribute Objet's 3D printing systems nationwide.

The agreement between Objet and DemaPlasTech is an important milestone within Objet strategic plan to enhance its position in this growing market. DemPlasTech will expand Objet's presence in the region while providing Objet customers with close and superior customer service.  

A comprehensive offering for South African industries
DemaPlasTech is a top distributor and one-stop-shop for injection molding solutions in South Africa. DemaPlasTech's services include complete turnkey and greenfield projects, service and maintenance contracts, electrical panel modernization, PLC upgrades, machine refurbishment and rebuilds, and Scada systems for plant automation and monitoring. DemaPlasTech prides itself on being able to fulfill all of its customers' injection molding needs. Objet’s advanced 3D printing systems will complement DemaPlasTech's broad product offering and enable it to provide a proven, high-quality 3D printing solution to its customers.

The cooperation between Objet and DemaPlasTech evolved as a result of the growing demand for 3D printing systems in South Africa. "In recent years, 3D printers have become increasingly popular in industry and in academic institutions in South Africa," commented Jacques Kleynhans, Director of DemaPlasTech. "The advantages of 3D printing brought our customers to the understanding they need to use these systems and implement their applications. With Objet we will cover our customers’ needs in this area and build the 3D printing market in South Africa."

Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President at Objet, added: "We are excited to appoint DemaPlasTech as our dedicated distributor in South Africa which we defined as a strategic market for us. Together, we are looking to better attract new customers and open up key market segments. With its excellent customer support capabilities and infrastructure, DemaPlasTech is ideally positioned to grow this market jointly with us."

About DemaPlasTech
DemaPlasTech Machinery Pty Ltd. was established in 2001 after the restructuring of the Mannesmann group of companies and is based in Johannesburg. With over 300 machines installed, the company’s motto “One Solution” embodies the passion they have in addressing their customer needs. In addition to representing Sumitomo Demag injection molding machines, they also offer the following quality solutions: Simar – material feed systems, Single – temperature control system, Frigel – heating and cooling, Moditec – granulators, Gamma Meccanica – recycling systems, Matttec – production monitoring, and B&R – shredders.

About Objet Geometries

Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, provides 3-dimensional printing systems that enable manufacturers and industrial designers to reduce cost of product development and dramatically shorten time-to-market of new products.

Objet’s ultra-thin-layer, high-resolution 3-dimensional printing systems and materials utilize PolyJet polymer jetting technology, to print ultra-thin 16-micron layers. The market-proven Eden line of 3D Printing Systems and the Alaris30 3D desktop printer are based on Objet’s patented office-friendly PolyJet Technology. The Connex multi-material family is based on Objet’s PolyJet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on the fly. All Objet systems use Objet’s FullCure® materials to create accurate, clean, smooth, and highly detailed 3D parts.

Objet systems are in use by customers worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies, in multiple industries such as Education, Medical / Medical Devices & Dental, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, toys, consumer goods, and footwear industries.

Founded in 1998, Objet serves its growing global customer base through offices in USA, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong, and a global network of distribution partners. Objet owns more than 50 patents and patent pending inventions. For more information, visit us at www.objet.com.

© 2010 Objet, Quadra, QuadraTempo, PolyJet, FullCure, SHR, Eden, Eden250, Eden260, Eden 260V, Eden330, Eden350, Eden350V, Eden500V, Job Manager, Objet Studio, CADMatrix, Connex, Connex350, Connex500, Alaris, Alaris30, PolyLog, TangoBlack, TangoGray, TangoPlus, TangoBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroWhite, VeroBlack, VeroGray, Durus, Digital Materials, Polyjet Matrix and ObjetGreen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Objet Geometries Ltd. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

DemaPlasTech media contact
Jacques Kleynhans
Tel + 27 11462 2990
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Objet Geometries, South Africa media contact
Lynn Kolevsohn
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USA
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Gabbegroup
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United Kingdom
Dave Chandler
UK Bespoke
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Objet
Arita Mattsoff
Objet Geometries Ltd.
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Asia Pacific
Jenny Chan
The Hoffman Agency
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Japan
Masaya Takahama
The Hoffman Agency, Japan
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China
Dong Chen
The Hoffman Agency, China
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Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with COMHER SL, a key supplier of high-end technology CNC machines and services to the manufacturing industries in Spain. Based on the agreement, COMHER will resell Objet’s 3D systems in the Spanish market.

For more than 45 years, COMHER has specialized in providing advanced machine tools tailored to the specific needs of its customers in various manufacturing industries. COMHER supplements its extensive product range of advanced tools for mold making, turning, milling and drilling with integrated services and design engineering, including robot driven applications.

Objet's line of 3D printing systems for rapid prototyping is a recent addition to COMHER’s diverse product offering. "We incorporated Objet into our product line as the ideal response to the demand for 3D rapid prototype capabilities," explained Mr Lluis Barnadas, General Manager of COMHER SL. "Most of our customers already work with 3D software; Objet’s 3D printing systems are the perfect solution before the production of parts.”

COMHER selected Objet because of the technological advantages of its 3D printing systems, offering the highest accuracy, precision and versatility of applications through its unique materials properties. Mr. Barnadas added, "With the systems' unique features, we believe we will be able to further expand our current business and explore new markets in aerospace, automotive and medical devices."

Andy Middleton, General Manager for Objet Europe, commented: "We are pleased to welcome COMHER as a new distributor in Spain. COMHER has many years of experience in the engineering and manufacturing markets and offices in key cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao. As a result, we have full confidence in COMHER's ability to substantially grow our business in the Spanish rapid prototyping market.”

About COMHER SL


COMHER SL is a leading provider of equipment and service support to the manufacturing and engineering industry in Spain. It provides a complete portfolio of solutions from the best-in-class manufacturers around the world to help internal and external service providers of the manufacturing industry streamline their engineering and designing processes. COMHER SL has headquarters in Barcelona and offices in Madrid and Bilbao, as well as sales agents around the country. For more information on COMHER, please contact the company at +34 937295454 or visit www.comher.com

About Objet Geometries

Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, provides 3-dimensional printing systems that enable manufacturers and industrial designers to reduce cost of product development and dramatically shorten time-to-market of new products.

Objet’s ultra-thin-layer, high-resolution 3-dimensional printing systems and materials utilize PolyJet polymer jetting technology, to print ultra-thin 16-micron layers. The market-proven Eden line of 3D Printing Systems and the Alaris30 3D desktop printer are based on Objet’s patented office-friendly PolyJet Technology. The Connex multi-material family is based on Objet’s PolyJet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on the fly. All Objet systems use Objet’s FullCure® materials to create accurate, clean, smooth, and highly detailed 3D parts.

Objet systems are in use by customers worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies, in multiple industries such as Education, Medical / Medical Devices & Dental, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, toys, consumer goods, and footwear industries.

Founded in 1998, Objet serves its growing global customer base through offices in USA, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong, and a global network of distribution partners. Objet owns more than 50 patents and patent pending inventions. For more information, visit us at www.objet.com

Published in Objet

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