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Edison Nation and Stratasys partner for ninth annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

University finalists will have designs reviewed for possible licensing agreement and commercialisation by major manufacturer

Global 3D printing contest has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to students for innovative designs

FRANKFURT - 27th September 2012 - (NASDAQ: SSYS) Stratasys today announced the kickoff of its 2013 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge in partnership with online inventor community, Edison Nation, which operates the hit US TV show, Everyday Edisons.

In its ninth year, the contest invites students worldwide to submit inventive new product designs, redesigns of existing products, or original or redesigned works of art or architecture, for a chance to win scholarship money.

Students at the middle school, high school and college/university level are able to participate in the design challenge.

"The contest offers students an engaging challenge that will put their creativity and critical thinking skills to the test while giving them a chance at a scholarship," says Jesse Roitenberg, Stratasys Education Channel Manager. "Every year, we're impressed with the level of dedication students take with the designs they submit."

Besides the chance to win scholarship money, this year's contest offers a new incentive for those in the college engineering category. Finalists will have their designs reviewed by Edison Nation, which is a matchmaker between inventors and manufacturers looking for new products to commercialise. If a design fits an existing need and meets requirements, the finalist will be considered for a licensing agreement.

As in prior years, Stratasys will award nine student winners either $2,500 (approx. £1,500) or $1,000 (approx. £620) scholarships in the categories of Middle School and High School Engineering, College/University Engineering, and Art & Architecture. Designs are awarded based on creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics. Instructors of the three first-place student winners will receive an Apple iPad for use in the classroom. Since the contest's inception, more than $100,000 (approx. £62,000) in scholarships has been awarded to students.

Each submission must:

  • be a sound mechanical design

  • be realistic and achievable

  • include a clear written description of the design.

This year's contest will also feature the award category, "Engineering a Difference," in which students may compete for a bonus prize. Students whose designs are aimed at solving a great societal challenge will have a chance to win a $250 gift card.

For video, photos, and descriptions of previous winning designs, visit Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. For contest rules and regulations, visit Rules & Regulations. To enter the contest, go to Submit Entry

Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, is a maker of additive manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands Mojo, uPrint and Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On Demand, a digital-manufacturing service for prototypes and production parts. In 2011 Stratasys acquired 3D printer maker Solidscape Inc. According to Wohlers Report 2012, Stratasys had a 41.5 percent market share in 2011, and has been the unit market leader for the tenth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) process. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds 380 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business and industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries. Online at: www.Stratasys.com

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