3D Systems has made another key acquisition, this time of a small but very interesting provider: Figulo. If you haven't heard of them, they are perhaps the leading provider of glazed-ceramic 3D prints. We understand their services are used by some of the major 3D print services for outsourced ceramic work.
Why is this important? We think because it means 3D Systems has now acquired another different 3D printing process. Currently they have perhaps a dozen different processes under patent, most recently including the acquisition of metal 3D printer manufacturer Phenix.
Their strategy is to offer as many different processes as possible, because each process can only be used for particular purposes in specific scenarios. Their feeling is that the more tools in the toolkit, the more scenarios they'll be able to service.
Via 3D Systems