MakerBot Sold To Stratasys

Bloomberg Businessweek : The 3D printing industry turned downright frothy Wednesday as Stratasys agreed to acquire the startup MakerBot for about $403 million. Founded in 1989, Stratasys is a 3D printing veteran used to selling large machines to industrial customers. Based in Brooklyn, MakerBot has operated on the opposite end of the spectrum, making $2,000 or so machines that can sit on a designer or consumer’s desk and print three-dimensional objects out of plastic using techniques not all that dissimilar from traditional inkjet printers.   The 3D printing industry has been consolidating as interest in the technology heats up. Stratasys acquired Objet, one of its main rivals, last year, while 3D Systems bought its rival Z Corp. The purchase of MakerBot could be seen as a lost opportunity for Hewlett-Packard, which many people in the 3D printing business have expected to enter the market, given its printing chops.   MakerBot will continue to operate independently. The company has been something of a grassroots player, getting its start on the back of open-source hardware designs and software. The company’s CEO and co-founder, Bre Pettis, has also served as the charismatic voice, more or less, of the 3D printing movement.

Galil Motion Controllers used in 6-Degrees of Freedom Platforms

Galil Motion Controllers used in 6-Degrees of Freedom Platforms Developed by InMotion Simulation Systems

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation Receives Texas Workforce Commission Grant to Support 500 VEX Robotics Competition High School Teams

Texas Workforce Commission's $760,000 grant to fuel 400 new & 100 existing VEX Robotics Competition teams, new events and a special Texas Online Challenge

European Robotics Leader Successfully Deploys with ITTIA DB SQL

This deployment continues the company's constant progress in the human-to-machine and machine-to-machine sector

Merger of AV&R Vision & Robotics and IMAC Automation

The two prosperous SMEs from Quebec unite their strengths in order to offer more complete automation, robotics and vision solutions to their customers.

Vigilus Mobile Camera Platform Invited To Exhibit At Inaugural Security Robotics Zone At ESX In Nashville

"Having an area dedicated to robots specifically designed for the security market indicates the need for this type of technology"

Adept Receives $2.6 Million Order From CASTEC International Corp., Taiwan for Robotics to be Used in High Precision Assembly Workcells for Independent Semiconductor Manufacturing Service Provider

Adept Cobra Robots and Motion Control Workcells to Automate Sub-Assembly of Smart Phone Electronics

SDI Intelligrated to host students from Brazil for summer internships

Internships are part of Brazilian government's Scientific Mobility Program

QinetiQ North America to Provide Command and Control Support to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

QNA will provide SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic with support services including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable and interoperable C5ISR, information operations and enterprise information services.

PRE-TEC Becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator

RIA requires each certified integrator to be recertified every two years.

5D Robotics Collaborates with Segway and DRS Technologies to Lighten U.S. Army Soldier Workload

5D Behavior Engine software making it safer and easier for humans and robots to interact

Raytheon to Support Ground Elements of Global Hawk UAS

Raytheon Company has been awarded a subcontract to provide contractor logistics support to the ground station elements for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Raytheon continues to support the Global Hawk mission, building on its 99.8 percent ground station availability to support the warfighters.

EPFL Develops Cheetah-Cub Robot

Small,light and fast

Unmanned Aircraft Run the Gamut in Paris

Small to Large, Ready to Theoretical

Ocean Server Technology, SeeByte Perform Rapid Environmental Assessment

The assessment exercise was performed to show improvements in sonar and magnetic sensor data collection and in-stride and post-mission data analysis methods.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Midwest Motion Products Inc - “GRA52” Right Angled Gearmotor System

Midwest Motion Products Inc - "GRA52" Right Angled Gearmotor System

Midwest Motion Products Inc., based in Howard Lake, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the release of the new "GRA52" Right Angled Gearmotor System. This new 1:1 Right Angled Gearbox allows for significantly increased versatility, and design whose geometry allows for the unit to be mounted in tight spaces. We employ our Standard Brushed or Brushless DC Motors and Planetary Gearheads to complete the new R/A Design. Features/Benefits: Cost effective design - as low as $250*, Very Versatile - Output Ratios ranging from 3.7:1 to 2076:1, Fully Reversible Design, Readily available - Samples can be built from Stock Material, High Volume capacity.