California-based Solid Concepts has been providing additive manufacturing solutions since 1991. The company was created to provide rapid prototyping and production solutions for customers. Therefore, it also offers many different forms of custom manufacturing techniques for customers to choose the best method for their needs. For instance, it offers QuantomCast, its flagship urethane product, which creates strong and stable pre-production and short-run production components. This method enables customers to quickly manufacture durable and rigid short-run components. Furthermore, Solid Concepts offers a CNC milling service. Its 5-axis milling machines have blades that can cut on the X, Y, and Z axis, as well as an A and B axis.
Texas-based Harvest Technologies was created with the vision to provide the best products in the fastest lead times at competitive prices. Its 40,000-sq-ft facility houses all types of different state-of-the-art equipment, which includes laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, stereolithography, and fused deposition modeling machines. In addition, it also offers casting and molding processes, machining services, and post process/finishing services.
Stratasys CEO David Reis said in a press release that the acquisitions will significantly expand Stratasys' offerings, help it target new applications, and build its customer base. The two new companies will be combined with RedEye, the company's printing service that sells 3D parts directly to customers. The transaction is expected to be finalized by the third quarter of 2014.
Smart move to offer expanded rapid fabrication services to customers. As general 3D printing becomes more of a mainstream commodity technology, acquisitions like this offer customers the one-stop solutions needed for all of their rapid prototyping needs (instead of just 3D printing alone).
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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