Stratasys acquires 3D printing startup MakerBot for $403M in stock

By on June 20, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Stratasys recently announced plans to acquire MakerBot as part of a stock deal valued at more than $400 million. The deal will bring a leader in industrial 3D printing together with one of the emerging leaders in desktop 3D printing to help speed along the adoption of 3D printing across all categories, the company said in a press release on the matter.

Moving forward, MakerBot will become a subsidiary of Stratasys and will continue to operate as a separate entity. That means MakerBot will continue to work the desktop / consumer market as they have been while Stratasys will still focus on the industrial side of 3D printing.

MakerBot launched in 2009 and although not a huge commercial success by any stretch of the imagination, they have done a lot for the at-home 3D printing industry by selling 22,000 3D printers to date. The company’s most recent product, the Replicator 2, launched in September 2012 and has already sold around 11,000 units.

It’s seemingly good news for all parties involved, perhaps especially for MakerBot as they will be able to tap into Stratasys’ vast wealth of experience and gain access to what is likely more advanced technologies – stuff that could ultimately wind up in desktop 3D printers one day. What’s more, MakerBot will now have more marketing dollars to help pedal their wares.

What’s your take on 3D printers? Do you think it’s an emerging market that’ll one day have a huge impact or will it simply remain a hobby for the wealthy?




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VitalyT VitalyT said:

Oh baby, print me a new caddy, with 100 mils in the trunk...

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In 2013 -

What?s your take on 3D printers? Do you think it?s an emerging market that?ll one day have a huge impact or will it simply remain a hobby for the wealthy?

In 1986 -

What?s your take on the Personal Computer? Do you think it?s an emerging market that?ll one day have a huge impact or will it simply remain a hobby for the wealthy?

I'm exaggerating a little, but I think 3D printers are one of those things we haven't even realized what the potential is yet.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

I think 3D printers are one of those things we haven't even realized what the potential is yet.
We are getting there

JC713 JC713 said:

In 2013 -

What?s your take on 3D printers? Do you think it?s an emerging market that?ll one day have a huge impact or will it simply remain a hobby for the wealthy?

In 1986 -

What?s your take on the Personal Computer? Do you think it?s an emerging market that?ll one day have a huge impact or will it simply remain a hobby for the wealthy?

I'm exaggerating a little, but I think 3D printers are one of those things we haven't even realized what the potential is yet.

3D printing food is the future.

Guest said:

No reason to be alone anymore :):p *nerd*

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

I have a couple MakerBot Peplicator 2x's and I hope they do what they say keep the Makerbot seperate from the rest of the new combining of the companies...

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