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The transaction to close before the end of 2013

A 3D printing company has purchased a chunk of Xerox in an effort to boost the marriage between its multijet printers and Xerox's print heads. 

According to a press release, 3D Systems -- which was founded by the inventor of the rapid prototyping technology that led to 3D printing -- has spent $32.5 million in cash for Xerox's solid ink product design, engineering and chemistry teams in Oregon.

Xerox's Wilsonville, Oregon teams consists of about 100 employees that will now join 3D Systems. 

"We are pleased to expand our relationship with an innovative partner of the caliber of Xerox and expect that acquiring some of the Xerox Wilsonville engineering team, together with their state-of the-art development labs and selected licensed IP, will catapult our 3D printers’ development and manufacturing capabilities forward,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and CEO.  “This bold step is consistent with our belief that we must act quickly and decisively to extend and cement our marketplace leadership position by taking full advantage of the window of unprecedented opportunity in front of us.”

3D Systems is no startup. The company has been around 30 years and is looking to take its new piece of Xerox and become the industry leader in 3D printing technologies. 

According to 3D Systems, the transaction to close before the end of 2013. 

Let the jockeying for leadership in 3D printing begin. 

Source: 3D Systems

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By ebakke on 12/18/2013 9:15:58 PM , Rating: 3
Tiffany, where'd you get the image?

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Which in turn was Tektronix
By epobirs on 12/19/2013 8:50:15 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how much of the solid ink crew is still there from when Xerox acquired that portion of Tektronix. Although it never got any footprint in the consumer sector or even much in SOHO, the people who had those printers really loved them. Yet the operation is changing ownership again.

RE: Which in turn was Tektronix
By ClownPuncher on 12/20/2013 12:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
Parts of Tektronix are all over the place. Unfortunately, at one time, they were spread too thin over several different industries. Parts were spun off and, for the most part, it has made things better.

Their testing equipment is considered quite good. We have millions of dollars worth of it.

RE: Which in turn was Tektronix
By Dorkyman on 12/21/2013 12:27:24 PM , Rating: 2
I was a sales rep calling on the Tektronix folks in Wilsonville Oregon back in the late 1990s before they were bought out by Xerox. The Tek printers were very clever and used a crayon-like solid ink that was heated before being sprayed from nozzles. Colors were brilliant but the page felt waxy because of course it was.

Great campus, heavily wooded, nice one-story buildings with lots of glass to let in the ambience. Not uncommon to have a meeting and see a deer on the other side of the windows.

By CaedenV on 12/18/2013 10:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty exciting, can't wait to see more innovation and competition to get my future 3 color 3D printer down in price!

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