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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008 5:00 AM

BURLINGTON, Mass., USA - 3D printers and 3D scanners aren't just for engineers anymore. They're sleek and powerful machines that captivate television viewers. Here are three cases in point:

On tonight's season premiere of "CSI: NY," the character Detective Stella Bonasera will use a ZScanner™ 700 to capture tire impressions in a city park in hopes of matching them up with the culprit's vehicle. Tune in to CBS at 10 p.m. EST to see what happens.

Discovery Channel will use the ZPrinter® 450 high-definition multicolor 3D printer throughout its new weekly series "Prototype This!" premiering Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. EST. The series brings viewers straight to the drawing board as inventions come to life. It features a team of expert engineers who work each week to turn striking new ideas into product prototypes. Expect to see the ZPrinter 450 in action making concept models and molds for metal casting.

"CSI: Las Vegas" will use a ZScanner 700 in its Thursday, Oct. 30 episode. The story line is still under wraps.

"Once exclusively for engineers, 3D printers and 3D scanners are now entering the mainstream in a big way, not just on TV but in architecture, health care settings, schools, museums, and other forms of entertainment like video games," said Z Corp. Vice President of Marketing Kevin Lach. "We're at the forefront of this value and capabilities revolution, which explains why these shows are choosing Z Corporation equipment."

Z Corporation makes the world's fastest 3D printers and the only ones capable of printing in multiple colors. A 3D printer is an output device for 3D data in the same way that a 2D printer is an output device for the words and pictures on a computer screen. The primary difference is that a 3D printer produces 3D models and prototypes in composite material. Z Corporation also makes the world's first handheld, self-orienting 3D scanners for ultra-accurate capture of 3D data.

About Z Corporation

Z Corporation makes products that enable users to capture, edit, and print 3D data with unprecedented speed, ease, versatility and affordability. These products include the world's fastest high-definition 3D printers — machines that produce physical 3D models from digital data in full color - and uniquely portable 3D scanners - handheld machines that digitize 3D surfaces in real time. Z Corp. technology is enabling a wide range of applications in manufacturing, architecture, civil engineering, reverse engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), medicine and entertainment. For the latest news and information from Z Corp., visit www.zcorp.com.

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