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press conference 400 MakerBot/Stratasys Merger: What do you Think?

MakerBot’s announcement yesterday that it was merging with Stratasys was arguably the biggest news to date to hit the rapidly growing consumer 3D printer market. As such it’s got people talking. Here’s a sampling of some of the chatter on Twitter:

Insight ‏@Insightmta

The potential for 3D printing to go mass market continues to gain momentum as industrial 3D printing giant #Stratasys buys #MakerBot.

MakerBot ‏@makerbot

MT @stevegarfield: “We are not merging with a printer, we are merging with an ecosystem.” David Reis @stratasys @makerbot

Bre Pettis ‏@bre

So proud of the MakerBot team and buckled up for an exciting adventure into a bright future with Stratasys.

Anil Dash ‏@anildash

Congrats to @bre & @makerbot. Proud of an NYC startup that’s been thoughtful, innovative & meaningful since its start.

Kate Ertmann ‏@GOK8

Good for everyone! RT @core77 What the @Stratasys, Objet & @MakerBot Merger Means for the Future of 3D Printing http://bit.ly/146V4cW 

Kati London ‏@picklesnumber

Congrats! “We started with $75K in seed funding from friends then got $10M…that’s a real moment for start-ups” – @bre @makerbot

Lauren Goode ‏@LaurenGoode

David Reis, CEO of Stratasys, says he’s pleased his daughter will now associate him with something “cool” #makerbot

Todd Blatt ‏@tblatt

“Thingiverse won’t change” @bre #makerbot

CloudFab ‏@cloudfab

Scott Crump just paid $400 million for something he already invented in the 80′s. Touche Marketing and PR. #Makerbot #ByeCube

What do you think of the MakerBot/Stratasys deal? Do you think it’s a smart move by Stratasys? What does it mean for the growth of consumer class 3D printers? What does it say about the compatibility of open source hardware and big business? Let us know in the comments below.

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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