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posted by janrinok on Sunday May 15, @06:27PM   Printer-friendly
from the open-up-our-merging-hearts dept.

MakerBot and Ultimaker announce plans to merge – TechCrunch:

Desktop 3D printing firms MakerBot and Ultimaker this morning announced plans to merge. The new single company will be backed by NPM Capital and MakerBot-owner Stratasys and co-led by existing CEOs Nadav Goshen and Jürgen von Hollen. Existing offices will also be maintained in both Brooklyn and The Netherlands.

Both firms rode an initial wave of excitement around additive manufacturing 10 to 15 years ago, becoming two of the most prominent players in the desktop 3D printing space. MakerBot was founded in 2008 as an offshoot of the open source RepRap project. In 2013, the company was acquired by industrial 3D printing giant Stratasys. Founded in Utrecht, Netherlands in 2011, Ultimaker's team was similarly formed around attempts to productize the RepRap project.

[...] The newly formed company will spin out from Stratasys, though the parent company will maintain a minority (45.6%) stake. NPM Capital will control the other 54.4%.

[...] Pending regulator approvals, the deal is expected to close in Q2 or Q3.

Are any of our community 3D printer users? What are you experiences? Has it lived up to your expectations? And the question that I'm sure everyone has asked - what have you made?

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  • (Score: 2) by ncc74656 on Monday May 16, @08:03PM

    by ncc74656 (4917) on Monday May 16, @08:03PM (#1245419) Homepage

    I started with an Anet A8, purchased as a kit for maybe $170 or so. Assembling it and getting it dialed in is an education in itself. So are all the repairs when something breaks (as the controller board did after about a month). It's long since been upgraded to an AM8, which replaces the flimsy laser-cut acrylic frame with 2040 aluminum extrusions.

    I was also able to use the A8 to make the printed bits for a Hypercube 300, with a larger print volume and CoreXY kinematics. The larger build plate allows me to fill orders faster when someone orders (for instance) several dozen customized whistles; it'll print about twice as many at a time as the AM8. For more examples, see my H3 Bazaar page [].

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