AlleyShowdown – MakerBot versus Stratasys


Hot off of the Tumblr acquisition, Silicon Alley sees another big deal. Just yesterday it was announced that MakerBot was being acquired by Stratasys, representing some significant consolidation in the red hot 3-D printing space.  The deal has an initial value of $403 million with a potential upside of over $600 million based on some performance-based earnouts. 


There has been some confusion about whether the deal is actually an acquisition or a merger. We are inclined to call it an acquisition.  With most M&A deals there is always the question of what happens in the post integration phase.  The bridging of the company cultures will be key in this case although the announcement states that MakerBot will operate as its own subsidiary.  Perhaps this week’s AlleyShowdown will shed some light on what to expect…


Will this deal create long term value?  Sound off in the comments below…

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