desktopFab Presents New Line of 3D Printers in Partnership with 3D Systems

Extensive Portfolio of High-quality 3D Printers Offer Desktop Manufacturing for Small Business, Education and Homes

LEANDER, Texas, October 18, 2011 - desktopFab announced today their partnership with 3D Systems and the immediate availability of a new line of 3D printers: The V-Flash, the BFB 3D Touch, and the RapMan. The three lines of printers are part of a comprehensive product portfolio that targets small businesses, hobbyists, and educational customers. The high performance V-Flash is the appropriate tool for small business, providing high-quality model reproduction, fast build speeds, and low cost of ownership. The intermediate model BFB 3D Touch is an affordable, feature-rich, and easy to use desktop-sized 3D printer for a broad field of use cases. The low-cost RapMan allows for educators, students, and hobbyists to enter into the realm of 3D printing for minimal investment.

"desktopFab is continually looking to enhance its product portfolio with new and innovative products that help to democratize access to personal manufacturing," said Enrique Muyshondt, President of desktopFab. "3D Systems has been in operation for over 25 years and as the market leader has the knowledge and capability required to engineer excellent products. We're excited to be bringing their lines to desktopFab and to our customers."

The 3D printers are targeting numerous different engineering disciplines such as mechanical, aerospace, electrical, civil engineering, and architecture amongst others. For example, for engineers they produce test prototypes for ongoing projects and for architects they print out 3D models of buildings.

"We are pleased to add a professional and recognized reseller of the caliber of desktopFab, Inc. to our established channel network. With the team's focus on complete solutions for the small business sector, educators and the hobbyist market, desktopFab is well positioned to represent our comprehensive range of personal, affordable 3D Printers," said Michele Marchesan, Vice President and General Manager, Global 3D Printing, 3D Systems Corporation.

Easy to Use 3D Printers Generate Prototypes of Professional, Educational and Home Designs

The V-Flash is an excellent tool for small business and hobbyists, providing professional model reproduction, fast build speeds, and low cost of ownership, particularly when compared to alternative technologies. Layer-by-layer, the machine builds up the model in 102um increments, which then harden to a tough machineable, sandable, and paintable plastic part. Whether for a professional who needs to test mechanical designs full time, or simply the owner of a small workshop, the V-Flash stands ready to get the job done fast and on budget.

The BFB 3D Touch is an affordable, feature-rich, and easy to use desktop-sized 3D printer. Easy to set up, this printer helps to make on demand manufacturing accessible to anyone, and has a wide choice of colors and materials available. Coupled with the industry-leading AXON 2 printing software at no charge, the BFB 3D Touch is one of the most attractive low-cost, high-quality 3D printing solutions on the market today.

The RapMan is an effective machine for educators and hobbyists alike. For those undaunted by "some assembly required", this kit allows for educators, students, and hobbyists to enter into the realm of 3D printing for minimal investment. Coming with up to two print heads standard, and driven by the same AXON 2 software as its pre-assembled bigger brother, the BFB 3D Touch, the RapMan can print in multiple materials and colors and proves itself as a very capable, budget machine.

The three lines of printers - V-Flash, BFB 3D Touch, and RapManare -
are part of a comprehensive product portfolio that targets small businesses, hobbyists, and educational customers.



About desktopFab desktopFab is a purveyor of 3D printing related technologies and services. Committed to providing the best, industry-leading products to customers, it offers a full range of printers from low-cost kits, to high performance tools and works towards enabling people to participate in the new desktop fabrication revolution effectively and affordably. More information is available at http://www.desktopfab.com.

About 3D Systems Corporation 3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides creative content development, design productivity tools and curation services and downloads. Its expertly integrated solutions replace, displace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, communicate, prototype and produce functional parts, empowering its customers to create with confidence. More information on the company is available at http://www.3DSystems.com.

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