3D Systems buys London-based botObjects

The move bolsters 3D Systems' printer family lineup and also further consolidates the 3D printer space.

3D Systems has acquired the London-based 3D printer maker botObjects in a move that bolsters its printer family lineup and further consolidates the 3D printer space.

The deal continues a busy buying period for the South Carolina-based additive manufacturing player, following its purchases of Brazilian firm Robtec and the 3D design company Cimatron in November.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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As for botObjects, the company was an early entrant into the 3D desktop printer space and is known for inventing a 5-color CMYKW cartridge system that can be used to generate more vibrant color combinations. Its much-hyped ProDesk3D device finally moved beyond the prototype phase last year, but the company struggled with fulfillment and backorder issues -- factors that likely led to the 3D Systems deal.

"Joining the winning team at 3DS couldn't have come at a better time as orders for our revolutionary full-color desktop printer continue to outstrip our resources," said Martin Warner, co-founder and CEO of botObjects, in a statement. "Together we can bring this powerful technology to more users faster."

3D Systems plans to fulfill all of botObjects' current backorders as it folds the ProDesk3D into its portfolio.

The acquisition was announced alongside the release of 3D Systems' new CubePro C printer, which the company touts as capable of printing down to 25-microns layers at deposition speeds of up to 175 millimeters per second. It's available in a limited release as of now, but the company plans to expand distribution later this year.

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