3D printing companies on the move with acquisitions, IPOs


If there's an industry that is moving as fast as 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), I haven't found it yet. Stratasys Ltd., a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced on April 2 that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two privately-held companies, Solid Concepts Inc. and Harvest Technologies.

According to information released from Stratasys, Solid Concepts is the largest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and a fast-growing partner to RedEye, Stratasys' existing digital manufacturing service business. With seven facilities in North America, Solid Concepts, based in Valencia, CA, provides a wide range of services. In addition to 3D printing/additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, the company offers CNC machining, cast urethanes, injection molding and tooling.

Solid Concepts 3D printing capabilities include PolyJet, Stereolithography (SLA), plastic (SLA) and metal (DMLS) laser sintering, fused deposition modeling (FDM), and QuantumCast cast urethanes. The company serves numerous markets including the aerospace, automotive, consumer products, industrial, medical devices and equipment, and sporting goods among others.
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