3D Systems Selects Canon to Manufacture V-Flash 3-D Desktop Modeling System

3D Systems has selected Canon Virginia, a subsidiary of Canon U.S.A, to manufacture its V-Flash compact Desktop Modeler. On January 18, 2007, 3D Systems announced its plans to introduce a revolutionary, fast, simple and compact new office modeler, the V-Flash Desktop Modeler, this summer.

The V-Flash Desktop Modeler can build ready-to-use, three-dimensional models within hours at home, school or office workstations. The cost-effective model-maker will enable designers, engineers, hobbyists and students to imagine, design and produce their ideas at their desks.

The V-Flash Desktop Modeler is the first product 3D Systems plans to bring to market this summer that is based on a breakthrough fourth technology platform. This innovative and advanced technology platform enhances the company's already comprehensive portfolio of 3-D Modeling, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions. The company's development of cutting-edge proprietary Film Transfer Imaging (FTI) technology enabled the development of this simple, fast, compact and affordable desktop modeler, a solution that the company expects will surpass all other current technology 3-D printers on the market.

Canon Virginia uses world-class lean manufacturing processes to help enable consistently smooth product introduction and quick ramp-ups. Through this arrangement, 3D Systems will rely on Canon Virginia's proven ability to create efficient processes to produce the high quality products, on time, and at the lowest possible cost.

Canon also has a strong commitment to its community and environment. Guided by the philosophy known as "kyosei", or living and working together for the common good, Canon constantly seeks new ways to reduce waste streams. Because of its expertise in recycling, reclamation and waste-stream reduction of office imaging equipment, Canon will offer 3D Systems a cartridge collection and recycling program, and administer it on its behalf.

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