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As part of the continued expansion of our 3Dproparts™ service, 3D Systems announced yesterday the acquisition of Express Pattern, an industry leader in rapid prototyping, direct patterns for investment casting and manufacturing services. Based in Vernon Hills, IL, Express Pattern serves its defense, transportation, recreation and healthcare customers by delivering a comprehensive menu of the most advanced rapid casting. Express Pattern co-founders Dave Flynn and Tom Mueller bring a combination of unparalleled knowledge and experience in rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions that started with their active participation in the first beta test of stereolithography equipment in 1987 and continued through decades of innovation leadership and customer service excellence.

“We are pleased to add Express Pattern to our rapidly growing 3Dproparts™ operations,” says Abe Reichental, President & CEO of 3D Systems. “We intend to harness the extensive expertise that Dave and Tom bring to our company as we expand our menu of precision, production quality direct investment casting capabilities and manufacturing parts services for the benefit of our customer base.”