3D Systems Acquires Bits From Bytes

ROCK HILL, South Carolina -- 3D Systems Corporation announced that it acquired Bits From Bytes Limited, a United Kingdom leading maker of affordable 3D printers and 3D printer kits that print real plastic parts from a variety of materials in multiple colors for educational, hobbyist and professional applications.

Bits From Bytes manufactures and markets open-source kits and printers ranging in price from $1,300-$3,900 based on the RepRap project that originated at the University of Bath. Bits From Bytes print materials include ABS and PLA in solid and translucent colors, polypropylene and polyethylene. The BFB 3000 3D Printer can print parts from up to three different materials. According to the 2010 Wohlers Report, in its first full year of commercial activity, Bits From Bytes kits and printers accounted for 17% of all 3D printer unit sales worldwide, ranking second in total shipments.

3D Systems plans to retain the entire Bits From Bytes management team led by Ian Adkins, and to continue operations from the current Bristol facility. The company expects the Bits From Bytes acquisition to be accretive to its business results.  

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