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