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3D Systems Buys Z Corp in Prototype Boost
11/29/2011

Z Corp's Zprinter line fills in the midrange price point and addresses the need for full color printing 
as part of 3D Systems' expanded lineup.
Z Corp's Zprinter line fills in the midrange price point and addresses the need for full color printing
as part of 3D Systems' expanded lineup.

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Alexander Wolfe
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Re: Widespread consolidation?
Alexander Wolfe   11/29/2011 4:04:54 PM
What happens when 3D printing becomes commoditized? Aren't we almost at that point already, in which case consolidating around that technology per se wouldn't seem to be a sustainable strategy. Rather, one would have to broaden (or maybe deepen)?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Widespread consolidation?
Ann R. Thryft   11/29/2011 3:44:12 PM

Wow, that's big news in this market. Thanks, Beth, for a very clear analysis. It will be interesting to see what happens in the higher end of the industry I've been writing about (to be covered in a December feature), i.e., the engineering-oriented, low-volume manufacturing area. Similar forces may be at work, and certainly there are similar drivers in terms of size and resources.


Beth Stackpole
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Re: Widespread consolidation?
Beth Stackpole   11/29/2011 2:34:19 PM
Rob: There aren't a whole lot of major players in this segment. The bigs one are Stratasys, Objet, 3D Systems, EOS, and Z Corp, that I know of, and that's straddling both the high-end rapid prototyping sector of the market and the lower end office systems.

I don't think we can say that it's reached a level of consolidation, but 3D Systems, in particular, has been on a buying spree, snapping up niche technologies and smaller vendors. This deal is a pretty big one in this space and from what the players and pundits say, it's all about the company trying to create some scale to grow to the next level. Very interesting, to say the least!

Rob Spiegel
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Widespread consolidation?
Rob Spiegel   11/29/2011 2:25:32 PM
Nice story, Beth. You note that 3D Systems is on a buying spree. Are we seeing widespread consolidation in this market, or is this unique to 3D Systems? Also, where does this leave competition in this market?

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