笔者评：作为点云技术的应用行业之一，3D打印行业有一巨头3D Systems Corp在崛起，近日3D Systems Corp收购了英国最大的3D打印生产商CRDM, Ltd，由于英国的地理位置在全球市场上处于战略重地。自从2011至今3D Systems Corp已经进行了17次收购，包括点云获取相关、点云处理模型生成相关、以及3D打印制造商在内的多家知名公司，相信在不久的将来，会由于并购所产生的效率提供和技术的提升，促进3D打印行业快速发展，当然对于用户来说是喜忧参半的事情，想想全球就只有3D Systems Corp引领3D打印行业，从长期来说不利于技术的继续提升和服务的优化。
3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems Corp. (3DS) said Tuesday it has acquired CRDM, Ltd., England’s largest provider of 3D printing, rapid prototyping and tooling services for automotive, aerospace, medical and motorsports companies.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rock Hill, S.C.-based 3DS (NYSE: DDD) manufactures and markets commercial and consumer 3D printers, printing materials and software services as well as CAD modeling, reverse engineering and inspection software tools.
3DS said it will integrate CRDM's services to its Quickparts Solutions custom parts and manufacturing services business.
Flush with proceeds from a recent stock offering, 3DS is continuing an aggressive M&A spree it started over two years ago.?Tuesday's acquisition proves the company will continue to expand its footprint in Europe. In June, 3DS made a deal to acquire French 3D printer maker Phenix Systems.
"CRDM is a strategic and geographically important addition to our rapidly growing 3D content-to-print services portfolio," said Ziad Abou, vice president for 3DS’ Quickparts Solutions.
In April, luxury car maker Rolls Royce approached CRDM to make a scale-working model of their Electric Distributed Propulsion engine for the Paris Air Show in June, where CRDM could show off its capacities of SLA resin builds, SLS nylon builds, finishing, painting and assembly work as well as associated fabricated and machined parts.