September 10, 2009

Dimension Announces Sixth Annual ''Extreme Redesign'' Global Design and 3D Printing Contest

New Bonus Award Added for Best Green Design Notebook Computers Awarded for Teachers of First-Place Student Winners

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 10, 2009-- Dimension 3D Printing, a brand of Stratasys Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), today announced the launch of its sixth annual “Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge.” The contest challenges computer-aided-design (CAD) students worldwide to submit their most creative, useful and innovative Extreme Redesigns – whether an entirely original concept, a new perspective on an everyday product or a fresh vision for a famous piece of art, animation or architecture.

This year’s contest will feature a new “Green Bonus.” This award will recognize one student across all categories whose design best displays innovation in areas such as energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The Green Bonus winner will receive a $250 gift card.

In addition to the Green Bonus, Dimension will again award nine student winners either $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships in the High School Engineering, College Engineering and Art & Architecture categories. Designs will be evaluated based on creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics. Instructors of the three first-place student winners will receive a laptop computer for use in the classroom.

“Each year, we look to refresh the contest with new ideas that challenge students and advance creativity in those areas most relevant to the fields of modern design and engineering,” said Jon Cobb, Stratasys vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. “With the Green Bonus, we hope to inspire and recognize creative thought in an area essential to fostering environmental and economic well-being worldwide.”

Contest Details
To enter the High School or College Engineering categories, students must identify an existing product and redesign it, making the original design better by adding new functionality or aesthetic qualities. For submissions in the Art and Architecture category, the emphasis should be on originality and the overall beauty or aesthetic of the design.

Once the design is complete, students send an .stl file of their Extreme Redesign, a completed submission form and a 200-word description or 30-second video conveying the value and benefit of the Extreme Redesign entry.

Final submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2010. A panel of independent judges from various industries will judge final entries. Winners will be selected in April, 2010. Complete contest rules and submission information are available at

Instructor incentive: To qualify for the notebook computer, students should include their instructor’s name and email address on the contest application form, available at

For video, photos and descriptions of last year’s winning Extreme Redesigns, visit

Dimension, a brand of 3D printers by Stratasys, offers computer-aided-design (CAD) users a low-cost, networked alternative for building functional 3D models from the desktop. The printers build models layer-by-layer using ABS plastic, one of the most widely used thermoplastics in today’s injection-molded products. Dimension 3D printers allow users to evaluate design concepts and test models for functionality, form and fit. Online at:

Stratasys, Inc., Minneapolis, manufactures additive fabrication machines for prototyping and manufacturing plastic parts. The company also operates a service for part prototyping and production. According to Wohlers Report 2009, Stratasys supplied 43 percent of all additive fabrication systems installed worldwide in 2008, making it the unit market leader for the seventh consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the process known as FDM®. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 250 granted or pending additive fabrication patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business & industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries. Online at:

Dimension and Extreme Redesign are trademarks and Stratasys and FDM are registered trademarks of Stratasys, Inc.

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