3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) acquires CAD software company, Alibre Inc.

In an email sent to customers and potential customers, 3D Systems Inc. (NYSE: DDD), which formerly traded at Nasdaq under the symbol ticker TDSC, announced it had just acquired Alibre, Inc., a leading provider of affordable 3D design productivity solutions based in Richardson, Texas.

This acquisition is consistent with 3D Systems’ strategy to democratize access and accelerate adoption of affordable 3D content-to-print solutions that empower professionals and consumers to create and make in 3D.

Alibre, on the other hand, delivers a powerful suite of affordable tools that include full parametric CAD software for professionals and personal users in 50 countries and in 15 languages.

In fact, Alibre, Inc. had announced in May that was partnering with 3D Systems Corporation, the global leader and inventor of rapid prototyping and 3D printing solutions. The partnership allowed Alibre to offer complete 3D design and 3D printing for creators, DIYers and businesses.

To meet the 3D printing needs of a growing Maker community, the bundles delivered the first-ever total personal manufacturing package starting under $1,500. This enabled someone to go from idea to 3D model on a computer screen to actually holding the finished product in their hands within hours.

Little did we know the partnership would turn into a total acquisition

Alibre will now evolve from a company name into a very important brand that, together with the Sycode productivity plug-ins and other new product developments of 3D Systems, will become a leading brand in 3D’s portfolio. The company especially plans to expand the breadth and reach of the Alibre design productivity tools and bundles across all of the channels and marketplaces of 3D Systems.

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