Press Release - 3D Keltool

From: Brad Fox (
Date: Tue Feb 16 1999 - 00:17:23 EET

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Rapid Tooling Technologies, LLC purchases 3D Keltool license from 3D
Systems, Inc.

St. Paul, MN. - Rapid Tooling Technologies, LLC (RTT) is pleased to
announce it's purchase of a 3D Keltool license. 3D Keltool is the
proprietary rapid tooling technology from 3D Systems, Inc. of Valencia,
California. Along with the purchase of the license, Rapid Tooling
Technologies has also acquired the assets of 3D's tooling facility located
in St. Paul, Minnesota.

        3D Keltool is a rapid tooling technology, originally developed by 3M
Corporation in the mid 1980's and acquired by 3D Systems in 1996. The
process is a proprietary and patented method of creating production grade
tooling inserts - in approximately 8 days. Typically, the same insert
created through traditional machining might take 4 to 8 weeks.

"We are very excited about the acquisition, says Brad Fox, RTT's General
Manager. The Keltool technology of 2-1/2 years ago is NOT the Keltool of
today. 3D Systems has made a significant R&D investment in Keltool, making
it the only reliable, accurate production grade rapid tooling technology
available. RTT will couple this with providing technical customer service.
Our staff includes engineers who understand Injection Molding tooling who
will ask the right questions and manage the job like a tooling house. Our
primary objectives are to market this toward the correct tooling niche, and
to guarantee successful applications of the Keltool technology through
aggressive customer service."

Michael Lockard of 3D Systems notes, "we feel that Rapid Tooling
Technologies, LLC is the perfect partner to acquire our St. Paul facility.
They have had many years of experience with Keltool and have watched it
mature under 3D Systems. RTT brings to the picture technically driven
customer service to promote this Rapid Tooling technology."

3D Systems, Inc. will continue it's R&D efforts out of Valencia, CA. and
sell Licenses of the Keltool to end users.

For additional information about Rapid Tooling Technologies LLC, the Keltool
process, or for a quote on your next rapid tooling job, please contact:

Rapid Tooling Technologies, LLC
559 Shoreview Park Road
St. Paul, MN. 55126

Contact: Brad Fox
                Jim Firnstahl
                Matt Muilenburg

651-483-2703 (phone)
651-482-1228 (fax)

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