Systems Authorizes Hitachi Zosen to Sell, Service and Support Actua 2100
3D Printer in Japan
Two companies sign partnership agreement
VALENCIA, Calif., June 15, 1998 - 3D Systems Corporation (Nasdaq-NMS:TDSC) has authorized Hitachi Zosen Information Systems to sell, service and support its ActuaTM 2100 3D printer in Japan, under terms of a partnership agreement, the two companies announced today. 3D SystemsTM, headquartered in Valencia, California, USA, is the world leader in rapid prototyping systems.
In addition to selling 3D Systems' Actua 2100, the Ohta Ku, Tokyo-based Hitachi Zosen, a major supplier in Japan of CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping technology, will offer customers comprehensive service and support, including pre-sales consulting and post-sales service and maintenance.
"With Hitachi Zosen joining our worldwide team, we not only expand our sales potential in Japan, we can also provide new materials and upgrade information faster and more efficiently to Actua 2100 users," says Lee Dockstader, 3D Systems' Managing Director, Asia-Pacific Operations. "The partnership will increase customer satisfaction in the Japanese market."
Commented Toshihiko Maeda, Hitachi Zosen's Director of Rapid Prototyping Systems Business Department, "We have selected 3D Systems' Actua 2100 as a key component to help our customers improve their product development process, and to enhance our offering of comprehensive products."
"3D Systems is honored to have Hitachi Zosen Information Systems join our worldwide team of 55 Actua 2100 partners and we are especially pleased to have them as one of only five partners worldwide that are qualified to provide post-sales service," says Dockstader.
The Actua 2100 employs 3D Systems' 3D printing technology to create cost-effective models quickly and easily. The size of an office copier, the fully network-ready machine operates as a CAD peripheral similar to a printer or a plotter.
3D Systems Corporation develops, manufactures and markets rapid product development systems that let users move from 3D designs to finished parts faster, at lower cost and at higher quality than traditional tooling methods. The company's patented stereolithography and 3D printing technologies enable its equipment to fabricate solid objects using digital input from CAD/CAM systems, substantially reducing the time and costs of bringing new products to market for a wide range of manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, and consumer products industries. 3D Systems has offices in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, where it maintains an extensive distribution network.
Hitachi Zosen Information Systems (HZS) provides comprehensive systems solutions utilizing advanced technologies in areas from production, such as CAD/CAM/CAE, to operation and administration. HZS develops and sells CAD/CAM/CAE systems and rapid prototyping systems to various manufacturing sectors including metal molding, machinery, shipbuilding, pipes, bridges and forging. The company provides extensive services throughout its 17 offices and technical centers in Japan, along with an office in Shanghai.
Except for the historical information contained in this news release, the matters discussed include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, such as the timely development and acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports, including the Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 1997.