updated 11/29/2010 11:46:33 AM ET 2010-11-29T16:46:33

ROCK HILL, S.C., Nov. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (Nasdaq:TDSC), announced today that several local Universities and Colleges agreed to participate in its inaugural RapMan Challenge, a live race to assemble and use a RapMan 3D Printer Kit during the 2010 Euromold Exhibition and Conference held December 1 - 4th in the Frankfurt, Germany, Exhibition Center,  Hall 11.

The RapMan Challenge benefits local University and College design and engineering programs. Representative teams of students will come together during Euromold to compete for the fastest time to assemble and operate a RapMan 3D Printer Kit. Participating institutions include Hochschule fuer Gestaltung Offenbach, Hochschule Coburg and TU Illmenau/Fabrikbetrieb/Production. The winning team will keep its RapMan 3D Printer made by Bits From Bytes and receive an annual supply of free BfB print material.  

"We are pleased to sponsor this exciting contest to help demonstrate our RapMan 3D Printer Kit influence and utility in education," said Andy McLaren, director of global sales and marketing for Bits From Bytes. "We look forward to award the winning team with their own RapMan 3D Printer as part of our commitment to democratize access to these affordable and compelling educational tools."

RapMan is an award winning 3D Printer Kit that is available online at www.bitsfrombytes.com or through a network of authorized Bits From Bytes resellers worldwide.

About 3D Systems Corporation

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing systems and parts solutions. Its expertly integrated solutions reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts: our customers create with confidence.

More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com , www.printin3D.com , www.toptobottomdental.com , www.3Dproparts.com , www.bitsfrombytes.com , www.dpt-fast.com , blog.3dsystems.com, or via email at moreinfo@3Dsystems.com.

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