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Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 5:00 AM

BURLINGTON, MA - Inc. magazine has named Z Corporation to its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the second straight year. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the U.S. economy - independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

Z Corporation makes the world's fastest 3D printers and the only ones that print in multiple colors. 3D printers create tangible physical objects from 3D data much as document printers create business letters from word-processing files. Z Corporation's portable 3D scanners capture 3D data for product design, printing, inspection, preservation and other uses.

In the past 12 months, Z Corporation released:

  • the ZPrinter® 650 color 3D printer for the most demanding applications;
  • two new 3D scanners, the ZScanner® 700 PX for scanning very large objects like aircraft and automobiles, and the ZScanner 700 CX for capturing the "whole picture" of an object, including color and texture;
  • the zp®150 premium composite build material for tougher 3D printed parts, rich colors and whiter whites.

"Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate," said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. "That's why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year."

"It's great to be honored again this year for our growth and innovation," said Z Corporation CEO John Kawola. "This is a strong indication of our ability to help a wide range of organizations cut time, cost and errors from their product development and bring better products to market sooner."

About the Inc. 5000

The 2009 Inc. 5000 list on Inc.com serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com.

Methodology

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies - as of Dec. 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million. The top 10 percent of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500, now in its 28th year.

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology. Visit us online at Inc.com.

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 multiple colors - 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.

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