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Bits from Bytes Acquired by 3D Systems

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Bits from Bytes, which is located on the Hither Green Industrial Estate in Clevedon and manufactures its BfB 3000 and RapMan 3D printers, has been bought by 3D Systems, Rock Hill, SC.

The acquisition will see the entire Bits from Bytes management team remain while operations will continue from its Clevedon headquarters.


BfB 3000 and RapMan from Bits from Bytes.

Manufacturing affordable kits and printers ranging between $1,300 to $4,000, Bits from Bytes gained attention for opening 3D printing to a range of sectors where previously the price was too prohibitive.
   
Employing 13 people, the company was set up by Ian Adkins and Iain Major in December 2008 and accounted for 17% of all 3D printer sales worldwide ranking it second in total shipments in 2009, according to Wohlers Report.
 
This is fantastic news for the company and all those who work here," says Ian Adkins. "3D Systems is a major player in the 3D printer market and will mean Bits from Bytes will be able to tap into the technical knowledge and expertise of those who work there."
     
With Bits from Bytes in our portfolio, we are able to address more educational opportunities, capitalise on the growth of the do-it-yourself market and provide powerful, affordable creativity tools to a broader audience than ever before," says Abe Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems. "This acquisition fits nicely into our strategic plans and will allow us to grow our global presence particularly in emerging marketplaces while contributing to our bottom line.
   
For more information see Bits from Bytes and 3D Systems.

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