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Wearable Stratasys and Materialise 3D Printed Pieces Hit Paris Fashion Week at Iris van Herpen Show

January 22, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, REHOVOT, Israel and LEUVEN, Belgium, January 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Iris van Herpen collaborates with Prof. Neri Oxman, Julia Koerner, Stratasys

and Materialise for latest fashion collection

Stratasys Ltd [http://objet.com ]. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leading manufacturer of 3D
printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing and Materialise
[http://www.materialise.com ], a Belgian-based pioneer in Additive Manufacturing software
and solutions, today announced the unveiling of 3D printing collaborations on the catwalks
of Paris Fashion Week as part of Iris van Herpen’s Haute Couture show, ‘VOLTAGE’.

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Dutch designer van Herpen’s eleven-piece collection featured two 3D printed ensembles,
including an elaborate skirt and cape created in collaboration with artist, architect,
designer and professor Neri Oxman [http://web.media.mit.edu/~neri/site/index.html ] from
MIT’s* Media Lab, and 3D printed by Stratasys. An intricate dress was also designed in
collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koerner [http://www.juliakoerner.com ],
currently lecturer at UCLA Los Angeles, and 3D printed by Materialise, marking the second
piece created together with Koerner and the ninth with Materialise.

The 3D printed skirt and cape were produced using Stratasys’ unique Objet Connex
multi-material 3D printing technology [http://objet.com/3d-printers/connex ], which allows
a variety of material properties to be printed in a single build. This allowed both hard
and soft materials to be incorporated within the design, crucial to the movement and
texture of the piece. “The ability to vary softness and elasticity inspired us to design a
“second skin” for the body acting as armor-in-motion; in this way we were able to design
not only the garment’s form but also its motion,” explains Oxman. “The incredible
possibilities afforded by these new technologies allowed us to reinterpret the tradition
of couture as “tech-couture” where delicate hand-made embroidery and needlework is
replaced by code.”

Van Herpen adds, “I feel it’s important that fashion can be about much more than
consumerism, but also about new beginnings and self-expression, so my work very much comes
from abstract ideas and using new techniques, not the re-invention of old ideas. I find
the process of 3D printing fascinating because I believe it will only be a matter of time
before we see the clothing we wear today produced with this technology, and it’s because
it’s such a different way of manufacturing, adding layer-by-layer, it will be a great
source of inspiration for new ideas.”

According to van Herpen, motivation to collaborate with Oxman came after seeing her
‘Imaginary Beings : Mythologies of the Not Yet [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FakIQ2wiHG0
]‘ collection – 3D printed by Stratasys’ matchless Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing
technology – that featured in the Multiversites Creatives exhibition at the Centre
Pompidou, Paris, last spring. Oxman explains that the joint venture is very much an
extension of the series:

“This project has taken ‘Imaginary Beings’ to ‘Wearable Beings’, myths that one can
wear. The original collection includes 18 Stratasys 3D printed prototypes for the human
body inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings. They are human augmentations
inspired by nature; but not all wearable. For Iris’ collection at Paris Fashion Week it
was important to take the series to the next level, thinking not only about form and
materials, but also about movement and wearability. This was a new challenge for me and
for my colleagues – Prof. W. Craig Carter (Department of Materials Science & Engineering)
and Keren Oxman. It inspired us to design algorithms that could map physical movement and
material behaviour to geometrical form and morphological variation in a seamless and
continuous wearable surface.”

Van Herpen, Koerner and Materialise have continued testing the limits of 3D printing
with this 3D printed dress, proving once again that normal rules don’t apply when fashion
and high technology combine. In last season’s ‘Hybrid Holism
[http://www.materialise.com/press/iris-van-herpen-s-hybrid-holism-unveiled-at-paris-fashion-week ]
‘ collection, they first introduced the use of Materialise’s Mammoth
Stereolithography machines for a stunning semi-transparent dress that one spectator
compared to liquid honey. For this latest collection, ready for an even greater challenge,
an experimental new material was put to use in the creation of a flexible, soft dress of
stunning complexity. The piece’s intricate lace-like texture was created with precision by
lasers (in a process known as Laser Sintering) and would have been impossible to realise
any other way.

Julia Koerner explains, “My collaboration with Materialise for the 3D printed dress
for Iris van Herpen’s Haute Couture Show ‘Voltage’ 2013 reveals a highly complex,
parametrically generated, geometrical structure. The architectural structure aims to
superimpose multiple layers of thin woven lines which animate the body in an organic way.
Exploiting computational boundaries in combination with emergent technology selective
laser sintering, of a new flexible material, lead to enticing and enigmatic effects within
fashion design. New possibilities arise such as eliminating seams and cuts where they are
usually placed in couture.”

Following the Paris Fashion Show, the skirt and cape will be exhibited at MIT’s Media
Lab.

*MIT = Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About Stratasys Ltd.

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS) is the corporate entity formed in 2012 by the merger of
3D printing companies Stratasys Inc. and Objet Ltd., based in Minneapolis, Minn. and
Rehovot, Israel. The company manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and
production. Prior to merging, the two companies’ revenues totaled $277 million for 2011.
Its patented FDM(R) and Inkjet-based processes produce prototypes or manufactured goods
directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include affordable desktop 3D
printers for idea development, a range of systems for prototyping, and large production
systems for direct digital manufacturing. Since June 2012, the company’s range of over 130
3D printing materials is the widest in the industry and includes in excess of 120
proprietary inkjet-based photopolymer materials and 10 proprietary FDM-based thermoplastic
materials. Stratasys also manufactures Solidscape 3D Printers and operates the RedEye On
Demand digital-manufacturing service. The company has over 1100 employees, holds over 500
granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20
awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: http://www.stratasys.com or
http://blog.stratasys.com / http://www.objet.com or http://blog.objet.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements regarding Stratasys’ beliefs, intentions and expectations, including
statements regarding the management of Stratasys, Inc. and Objet Ltd. as a combined
company, the benefits of the combination of the companies, and the future financial
performance of the combined company after their merger, are forward-looking statements.
The statements involve risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause
actual results to differ materially from those projected. Actual results may differ
materially due to a number of factors, including the risk and uncertainty that the
businesses of the two companies may not be integrated successfully; the risk that the
merger may involve unexpected costs or unexpected liabilities; the risk that synergies
from the merger may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the
risk that management’s focus on and disruptions arising from the merger make it more
difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees, or suppliers. Stratasys’
ability to achieve the results presented in any forward-looking statement will depend on
numerous factors, including its ability to penetrate the 3D printing market; its ability
to achieve the growth rates experienced in preceding quarters; its ability to introduce,
produce and market both existing and new consumable materials, and the market acceptance
of these materials; the impact of competitive products and pricing; its timely development
of new products and materials and market acceptance of those products and materials; the
success of Stratasys’ recent R&D initiative to expand the DDM capabilities of its core FDM
technology; and the success of Stratasys’ RedEye On Demand(TM) and other paid parts
services. These and other applicable factors are discussed in this presentation and in
Stratasys’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings include the
definitive proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC on August 8, 2012, as well as the
filings that Stratasys, Inc. has made with the SEC and that Stratasys Ltd. has made and
will make with the SEC in the future, including its report on Form 20-F to be filed for
the year ended 12/31/2012. Any forward-looking statements included in this presentation
are as of the date they are given, and Stratasys does not intend to update them if its
views later change, except as may be required by law. These forward-looking statements
should not be relied upon as representing Stratasys’ views as of any date subsequent to
the date they are given.

About Materialise

With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise has been
playing an active role in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) since 1990. In addition
to having the largest capacity of AM equipment in Europe, Materialise also enjoys a
stellar reputation as a provider of innovative software solutions. They have used their
experience and expertise to create a better and healthier world through their involvement
in AM for industrial and medical applications, and by providing bio-medical and clinical
solutions such as medical image processing and surgical simulations. Materialise has
developed unique solutions that make a world of difference for its many customers with
their prototyping, production, and medical needs. These customers range from large
companies in the automotive, consumer electronics, and consumables sectors; to famous
hospitals, research institutes, and clinicians; to individual consumers interested in
bringing their own unique creations to life through i.materialise or who want to purchase
a celebrated .MGX design. Discover more at: http://www.materialise.com

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        Japan
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