Back in June, desktop 3D printing leader MakerBot announced plans to merge with the Israeli company Stratasys, which specializes in industrial-level 3D printing and prototyping. Yesterday, the two companies announced that the deal is done. Although the companies are merging into one, MakerBot will continue to function as a separate entity, and it will continue to improve its already-popular desktop printers. “We are excited for the future,” said MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. “Full speed ahead!”
Stratasys is a much bigger company than MakerBot; for 25 years it has been a 3D printing industry leader, providing professional-level 3D printing services to designers and engineers in fields like medicine, aerospace and car manufacturing. By contrast, MakerBot was formed in 2009, but it has quickly risen to become the leading company in the emerging field of desktop 3D printing. With the Replicator line of printers, the company has shaken up the industry, bringing affordable printers to a wider audience.
In addition to the merger, MakerBot has been in the news with several major announcements in recent months. In June, the company opened a new 50,000-square-foot factory in Brooklyn; and earlier this week, it announced plans to launch its new Digitizer 3D scanner. Under the terms of the merger, MakerBot will be a subsidiary of Stratasys, but it will continue to function as a separate entity, maintaining its own products and identity.