Stratasys 3D Printing Buying GrabCAD For $100M

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in M&A, Social Networking

Stratasys 3D Printing Buying GrabCAD For $100M

Stratasys, the leading global provider of 3D printing solutions, is set to acquire privately-held GrabCAD, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. What GrabCAD gives to Stratasys is twofold. First, it gets a collaboration platform in the form of Workbench – which launched last year as a place for a CAD workgroup to access and develop local and cloud-based files. And second, Stratasys gets a vertically-focused social networking community, in this case currently serving over 1.5 million mechanical engineers who connect with each other, exchange ideas, seek out partners in crime, and can access a library of over 500,000 CAD models. Vertically-focused social networks is an area that some VCs and others have highlighted as an area of interest as we see more maturation in social media, and a desire less for catch-all, huge communities and more for targeted and focused experiences. Read Full...

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3D Printing M&A Deals – More Aquisitions in 3D Printing Space

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Financing, M&A

3D Printing M&A Deals – More Aquisitions in 3D Printing Space

While venture capital activity into the 3D printing category is still in its early stages (only $11M invested across 4 deals in Q1’13), we identified ten start-ups ranging from Red Dot Ventures-backed 3D printer maker Pirate3DP to 3D scanning company Matterport, infused with a $6M Series A investment in March from investors including Greylock Partners and Qualcomm Ventures that may eventually fall into 3D Systems’ eventual acquisition path. According to the 3D Printing Trade Associations, this will only increase. William Dante of the Association of 3d Printing says: “In 2014 Look for a 10 fold increase in 3D Printing Company Purchases, either in whole or in the stock...

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Merger and Acquisition Targets for 3D Systems

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in M&A

3D Printing is The Future of Manufacturing. It makes sense that larger companies are gobbling up the smaller ones in the race to become the market leader in an emerging and disruptive industry. M&A activity within the 3D printing space is heating up – In the past five years, 3D Systems has acquired at least 30 privately-held companies with 10 of those acquisitions coming in 2012 and 2013, including recently Rapid Product Development Group in May and Valhalla Partners-backed Geomagic in January. Meanwhile, other publicly-traded 3D printing companies including Organovo and Stratasys, which merged with another 3-D printing company Objet in 2012, have been less acquisitive, but given the increasing activity and innovation happening in 3D printing, these players may increase their level of activity as...

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