Stratasys acquires Makerbot, joining 3D printing’s old guard with its hottest startup

Stratasys Ltd., one of the largest companies in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry, has acquired MakerBot, a manufacturer of desktop 3D printing equipment, for $403 million.

MakerBot, founded in 2009, helped develop the desktop 3D printing market, and according to information released by Stratasys, has built the largest installed base of 3D printers in the category by making 3D printers highly accessible. The company has sold more than 22,000 3D printers since 2009, and in the last nine months, the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer accounted for 11,000 of those sales, said the Stratasys release....

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