The 3D printing industry is hot this week with two new developments. One is the opening of a 3D printer section by Amazon.com. Another is the rumored acquisition talks between Makerbot and Stratasys.
With the inclusion of 3D printers and accessories in Amazon store 3D printing has taken one more step toward mainstream adoption. Amazon is offering 3D printers, printer filament, parts and accessories, 3D printing books, related CAD software. Brands include MakerBot, Afinia, 3D Systems, fabbster, Airwolf3D and couple of Chinese ones.
On another side, rumors of possible acquisition of U.S.-based 3D printer maker Makerbot by Isreal-based Stratasys are abuzz. Although Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis declined to comment on the speculation, TechCrunch has reported that the company may be acquired by professional 3D printer maker Stratasys.
Makerbot is also reported be in talks with investors to raise $25 million on a $300 million valuation, according to a WSJ report. The number seems to be a bit less considering the company has managed to generate revenues of $50 million last year.