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3D Systems acquires Acu-Cast Technologies

October 1, 2009 - 3D Systems acquired the assets of Acu-Cast Technologies, a provider of rapid prototyping and manufacturing services that offers precision parts made on a wide range of traditional and additive manufacturing systems and a variety of finishing, molding and casting capabilities.

The terms of the transaction were not material. 3D Systems expects this acquisition to be accretive to its future operating income.

Concurrently, 3D Systems announced the launch of 3Dproparts, a Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing parts service. "Our 3Dproparts service can handle any customer project -- large or small -- completely within our facilities and in-house expertise, delivering quality precision real-parts made from production and additive grade plastics and metals with speed and efficiency," said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "We expect that the synergies generated by combining our latest generation of Pro systems and materials with Acu-Cast's extensive experience in additive and traditional manufacturing, coupled with its part building know-how and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, will provide our customers with the ultimate one-stop shopping experience for all their design, prototyping and manufacturing needs."

"Over the past decade we have become an important extension of the in-house modeling, prototyping and manufacturing capabilities of many of our customers as well as a fulfillment partner for many service bureaus," said Gary Mitchell, formerly President of Acu-Cast Technologies. "As part of 3D Systems' new 3Dproparts service, we plan to invite all of 3D Systems' existing Preferred Service Providers and other leading service bureaus to use 3Dproparts as their comprehensive order-fulfillment center.

3D Systems is leveraging the relative proximity of its Acu-Cast facilities to major overnight distribution hubs to offer same-day shipping service. The company also plans to integrate its own Rapid Manufacturing Centers in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Darmstadt, Germany into a global 3Dproparts service and intends to grow this activity both internally by providing a differentiated customer experience and through additional strategic acquisitions.

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