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Stratasys & Objet Merge in 3D Printer Partnership

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Beth Stackpole
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Re: Who bought who?
Beth Stackpole   4/24/2012 1:42:40 PM
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Stratasys is doing the buying and their Co-Founder and CEO Scott Crump will become chairman of the combined company, but the CEO is an Objet guy--David Reis. The board has four representatives from each company, so ... even though Stratasys bought, it sounds like both are surviving--for now, any way.

Ann R. Thryft
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Who bought who?
Ann R. Thryft   4/24/2012 1:23:47 PM
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Beth, which one is the surviving company?


Beth Stackpole
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Re: Here's to the future!
Beth Stackpole   4/24/2012 12:35:52 PM
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@A.Peeples: I agree with you completely. I think that the ability to consolidate sales and marketing arms and potentially leverage some internal R&D expenditures can help the combined companies--this one, Stratasys and Objet--and the other big merged player--3D Systems and ZCorp--really push the technology to the next level and get the price down on more consumer-friendly offerings. I think we are just at the tip of the iceberg of what's possible.

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Here's to the future!
A.Peeples   4/24/2012 11:37:31 AM
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I for one think that it is fantastic that companies in this arena are merging. As you mentioned, this is a relatively new technology. Often, new technologies will spawn many small companies - all paying high overhead and incurring major expenses to bring their product to market. In our own company, we have been researching 3D printers but can't justify the high prices. Through university programs, I have gained extensive knowledge of the Objet line of printers and can attest that they create some of the finest quality "prints" - the resolution is incredible and the medium options are extensive. Many companies however, often can't justify the high expense of these systems - often in the 6 figure range (plus medium and maintenance). By merging companies and maturing the technology, prices are sure to come down and make this equipment much more commonplace in engineering, research, and design.

You stated in your article that the two companies will remain much as they were before. Still, I look forward to seeing any new products that they produce during the next few years. With what seems to be exponential growth in the quality and quantity of printers on the market, it is a very exciting time for this field.

 

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NadineJ   4/24/2012 11:35:05 AM
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I agree.  The industry is maturing.  I think more small and affordable devices are needed for design teams to use in-house for rapid proto-typing. 

Funny you should mention toys...Origo makes a 3D printer for kids/everyone.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Maturing Industry
Beth Stackpole   4/24/2012 10:36:54 AM
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@Naperlou: Definitely signs of a maturing industry and one that needs some distribution/marketing/development muscle to blow past early niche adopters and go more mainstream.

The 3D printer you likely saw that looks like a pinball machine is the Makerbot Replicator. It definitely has an old-school carnival look to it.

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Maturing Industry
naperlou   4/24/2012 10:19:42 AM
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Ann, this is a sign of a maturing industry.  I am sure there are technology improvements ahead, but that will take larger scale.  The devices are also getting larger and more capable.  I saw one at a shop I thought was a toy.  The case was wood, like an old pinball or pachinko machine.  It works fine, but looks tentative, shall we say. 

People also underestimate the cost and importance of marketing and distribution. 

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