Rumours, rumours, rumours.. But if true, this could indicate a full attack from Stratasys on 3D Systems’ marketshare. With the launch of the Cube 3D printer, 3D Systems added the Personal 3D printer market to their operating area. And doing that quite successfully in this high potential and fast growing consumer market. Stratasys, not-so-long-ago merged with Objet Ltd, has got the Mojo 3D printer, this is the only printer in their line that comes close to being a Personal/DIY printer and can hardly be called that with a selling price over $10,000 USD. If they want to take a bite at 3D Systems’ marketshare, they’ll have to change things up. And what way better than to buy Makerbot.
Makerbot, a Brooklyn-based 3D printing company, is currently rocking the consumer market. With an astonishing $50 million revenue this year and over 20.000 3D printers sold since their start in 2009, this will probably be far from a cheap take-over. According to a WSJ report, the four-year-old startup was recently exploring options for raising a new round of venture capital valued at $300 million.
So we don’t know if it is true yet. Bre Pettis (CEO of Makerbot) refused to comment on speculation, and in fact told reporters “We’re not going anywhere” at a factory opening on Friday. But if this is going to happen, it will be a serious move from Stratasys to become the dominating company in the 3D printing industry. We’ll wait and see..