Stratasys CEO David Reis: ‘The future of desktop printing is great’


Questions about the future of MakerBot surfaced earlier this month during the first-quarter earnings call for MakerBot’s parent company, 3-D printing company Stratasys.

“I think the future of desktop printing is great,” said Stratasys CEO David Reis in a response to a question about whether MakerBot still made sense as a market play for Stratasys. “We did have a slowdown and we discussed it a few times before in MakerBot. I think we’re doing the right things to restructure the company and prepare it for future growth.”

Stratasys [fortune-stock symbol=”SSYS”], which has offices in Minnesota and Israel, acquired MakerBot in 2013 in a $403 million stock deal. MakerBot, founded in 2009 by Bre Pettis, had sold more than 22,000 of its eponymous desktop 3-D printers prior to the acquisition. The merger brought together Stratasys’ industrial 3-D printing strengths with MakerBot’s desktop 3-D printing expertise. At the time, Stratasys said the…

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