Stratasys buying MakerBot?
3D printing giant rumored to be making push into consumer market.
Rumors are circulating that additive manufacturing equipment company Stratasys is looking to buy MakerBot, the Bronx-based manufacturer of the low-end Replicator 2. Tech news web site, Tech Crunch, reported last week that sources close to the matter said the two companies are in acquisition talks.
According to investment news sources, the deal makes sense for the Minneapolis-based company. After the merger with Isreal-based high-end 3D printing firm Objet in 2012, the consumer market is the only segment Stratasys doesn’t currently have traction. The acquisition would also match moves by rival firm 3D Systems which, among its many other acquisitions, bought Bits From Bytes in 2010 and later released the consumer-level 3D CubeX printer.