In the 3D printing
is as strong a brand name as there is on the desktop side of the industry, and now it’s been acquired by Stratasys
, a company that’s made its mark on the heavier-duty side of things such as additive manufacturing. The deal is worth $403 million in a stock-for-stock transaction.
MakerBot will become a separate subsidiary of Stratasys, and CEO and nerd quasi-celeb Bre Petti
s will remain head honcho of the MakerBot group. Even better, the company will retain all of its exciting partnerships with the likes of Autodesk, Adafruit, and OUYA
, as well as industry behemoths Nokia and Amazon, and Thingiverse.com will continue to thrive under the new ownership.
Makerbot Replicator 2
It seems to be a match made in 3D printing heaven. Stratasys can now offer a more complete line of 3D printing-related devices and products, and MakerBot gets to keep doing its thing, but with much deeper pockets.
3D printing is still in some ways a fledgling industry, but it’s growing fast. For example, Stratasys says that MakerBot has sold 22,000 of its 3D printers since 2009; half of those sales have been in the past nine months alone.
The deal is expected to wrap up in Q3 2013.