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3D Systems buys Alibre

By Design Engineering Staff   

CAD/CAM/CAE 3D Systems Alibre CAD

RP maker continues aggressive growth strategy.

Rock Hill, South Carolina – Adding to the growing list of companies it has acquired this year, 3D Systems Corporation announced that it has purchased Alibre, Inc., makers of Alibre Design CAD software. Based in Richardson, Texas, USA, Alibre serves tens of thousands of businesses and individuals in over 50 countries, the company said. 3D Systems says it plans to expand Alibre tools and sell the parametric modeler through its combined global channels.

“With Alibre in our portfolio, we are personalizing and integrating design and
manufacturing productivity,” said Abe Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems.
“The combined affordability and user friendliness of our expanded 3D content-to-print solutions offer a clear and compelling choice for engineers, designers and makers to create and make instantly, at work and home.”

This latest acquisition is the latest in a series of expansion beyond manufacturing of rapid prototyping machines. Last February 3D Systems acquired North American rapid prototyping service bureau Quickparts. In April, the company moved into the CAD space with the acquisition of Goa, India-based SYCODE, a software development company specializing in data translation plug-ins for popular 3D modeling applications. Other recent acquisitions include Print3D,, and Freedom of Creation



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