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Friday, Apr 30, 2010 5:00 AM

Burlington, Mass., USA - EnvisionTEC, a maker of computer-aided modeling devices based in Germany, and Z Corporation, provider of color 3D printers based in Massachusetts, today agreed to distribute the EnvisionTEC Ultra rapid prototyping system through the sales channels of both companies, under separate brands.

With the agreement, Z Corporation will market the system under its brand as the ZBuilder Ultra, and make it available through its global network of distributors in July, 2010. EnvisionTEC will continue to sell the system under its brand as the Ultra™, and continue distribution through its channel partners. The two companies will price the system comparably.

"This agreement will increase awareness of the Ultraquickly," said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani. "Z Corporation's strong brand presence in mechanical design and architectural industries is the ideal complement to our markets. We are confident that the strong global outreach of the Z Corporation distribution network, and its ability to offer a product that complements its product line, will add value to both companies."

"This innovative solution delivers the performance of a high-end plastic prototyping system at one-third the price," said Z Corporation CEO John M. Kawola. "That value proposition will be very attractive to engineering design professionals worldwide, and we look forward to making it available through our industry-focused sales, service and support network."

The Ultra system builds durable plastic prototypes using a Digital Light Processor (DLP) projector to solidify a light-sensitive, liquid-based photopolymer. Despite costing a fraction of the price of a stereolithography machine, the system builds plastic prototypes that rival the accuracy, material properties, detail, and surface finish of injection-molded parts. Such parts enable engineers to verify designs for form, fit and function prior to full-scale production, eliminating costly modifications to production tooling, and shortening time to market.

About EnvisionTEC

EnvisionTEC manufactures high-precision rapid manufacturing and rapid prototyping equipment for mass customization, with applications in dental, hearing aid, medical and MCAD markets. EnvisionTEC develops, produces and sells computer-aided modeling devices including hardware, software, and materials. To learn more about the products and materials, visit www.envisiontec.com.

About Z Corporation

Z Corporation 3D technologies help product designers, engineers and architects create the right designs the first time. Professionals use ZPrinter® 3D printers and ZScanner® 3D laser scanners to compress the design cycle, generate new concepts, communicate clearly, foster collaboration and reduce errors. These solutions span the entire 3D CAD/BIM design process from concept through design verification.

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