The potential of 3D printing is causing a stir across various industries. Printers being manufactured are already finding their way into aerospace, consumer appliance, toys and entertainment, and medical industries. Naturally, as 3D printers gain in popularity across markets, producers are seeking out mergers and partnerships to increase their market power.
As the market on 3D printing continues to evolve, 3D Systems (DDD) is positioning themselves to own or partner with various aspects of the industry. One significant partnership agreement is with Dassault Systemes Ink.
Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems said in a company statement, “This global relationship with Dassault Systemes leverages both organizations core strengths, building on our joint vision to democratize access and accelerate adoption of 3D content creation, capture and print solutions.”
3D Systems has continued to vertically integrate with partnerships in the last year. This past December, Potomac Photonics announced a partnership with 3D Systems as an authorized distributor. According to Potomac the partnership enables its customers with greater access to advanced micro manufacturing technology. Potomac gives 3D Systems an advantage as well with direct access to their consumers in aerospace, medical devices, and automotive manufacturing.
The most recent partnership was announced this past April with Lotus Renault GP Formula One Team. Just as Lotus Renault help shape the motorsports industry, this technical partnership will enable 3D Systems to enhance product design to increase size of scale models and maintaining efficiency. Vice President Kevin McAlea added his thoughts on the partnership, stating “the opportunity to partner with pioneers and innovators like Lotus Renault GP provides tangible customer benefits well beyond motorsports.”
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1. 3D Systems Corp. (DDD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Partnerships/Merges: Dassault, Lotus Renault, Potomac Photonics. Engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of 3D printers and related products, print materials, and services. Market cap at $1.46B, most recent closing price at $29.0.
2. Stratasys Inc. (SSYS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Partnerships/Merges: Objet, All-Marks, Cambridge Metals, Rapid PSI. Engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of three dimensional (3D) printing, rapid prototyping (RP), and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) systems primarily in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Market cap at $1.08B, most recent closing price at $51.30.
(Written by Kelly Haugen)
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