Stratasys Buys Makerbot: A 3D Systems Nightmare?

3D printing company Stratasys announced last night that it will be purchasing Makerbot, which is a key competitor in the retail 3D printer space for 3D Systems . Does this move jeopardize 3D Systems' dominance in this space? In the following video, Motley Fool industrials analyst Blake Bos compares the printers offered by the three companies, and discusses Makerbot's 3D print design ecosystem compared with 3D Systems'. He also gives us some insight into why the consumer printer space might not be as important as the professional line of printers going forward.

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