Movers & Shakers in 3D Printing21 Jun, 2013 By: Sand Sinclair, Editor
An interesting merger between two global 3D printing industry leaders, MakerBot and Stratasys, took place mid-June. The interest in 3D printing keeps growing; won’t be mainstream in most offices for some time; lots still to be done before it trickles down to applicable need, but for production and commercial use it is evolving. Stratasys makes expensive, industrial-quality 3D printers. They are considered the “big iron” of the 3D printing world. Items printed on Stratasys hardware are as solid as anything produced by, say, injection molding, and the resolution make them indispensable for engineers and designers. In short, Stratasys is making mainframes and MakerBot is making something that conjures up the Apple I, or something tech advanced. The merger helps MakerBot evolve further and faster. The company recently opened a 50,000-square-foot space in Brooklyn, NY where it is assembling machines and it has office space in downtown Brooklyn overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. MakerBot will continue to operate as a separate subsidiary within Stratasys, once the transaction is complete.
I’m still impressed with the idea of 3D printing; it may be more widely used in markets such as construction, engineering, architecture, aeronautics, helping designers, educators, engineers tap into our future. I mean, would you believe that there is now a prototype printer that pumps out large quantities of dense frosting per color per print tray? Regardless of niche, it is incredibly inspiring to see these type advances in technology and where they might take us. According to industry execs J. Howard and John Biggs, MakerBot’s partnering with Stratasys can allow individuals at these companies to create and lead us toward the next Industrial Revolution, at least in printing methodologies. Sure the concept of 3D printing isn’t brand new, just as computing wasn’t new when Apple hit the scene. These guys just make it accessible and useable in ways hard to imagine without “these tech inventors” leading the way!
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