This news release is a week or so old but I'm distributing it now anyway
>3D Systems Upgrades SLA-500 At No Cost; 125 End-Users Benefit From
> Product Improvement Program
> VALENCIA, Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire/ - 3D Systems Corporation
> (Nasdaq-NNM: TDSC) today announced that it was retrofitting its
> high-end SLA- 500 rapid prototyping system at nearly 125 customer
> sites in the United States and Europe with new computer systems and
> The upgrade program is being performed at no extra charge to
> customers who subscribe to 3D's maintenance service, although it
> will cost the company more than $300,000 before the program is
> The improvements include Windows NT(TM) applications software,
> new computer processors, and memory and disc drives to run it on.
> "This upgrade program is the latest in a long line of actions
> we have taken over the years to protect our customer's investments
> in 3D rapid prototyping systems," said Chris & Brewis, director of
> customer support.
> Other recent examples of continuous product improvements
> implemented by 3D Systems include the Zephyr(TM) Recoater System
> which simplifies building parts with trapped volumes; the high-
> powered 328 laser for faster part-building; and 3D Systems'
> proprietary Maestro(TM) workstation software for easy-to-use
> graphical interface.
> The SLA-500/40 is the latest member of the SLA-500 series
> designed for high volume, maximum throughput, and fast turnaround
> part-building. The system is noted for rapid production of
> extremely large parts such as engine blocks, missile housings, and
> computer housings that require exceptional accuracy, surface finish
> and fine detail.
> SOURCE 3D Systems
> -0- 05/15/97
> /CONTACT: Gretchen Ryan, 3D Systems, 805-295-5600, ext. 2291 or
> Smith, Magnus & Co., 818-852-8840. /
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