NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- TheStreet's Debra Borchardt and Chris Ciaccia discuss Stratasys' ( SSYS) big win in acquiring MakerBot.
The Brooklyn-based company was bought for $400 million, plus an additional $200 million in future billings. But as Borchardt added, many think Stratasys might have pulled off an incredible deal, because the acquisition means it is able to penetrate the individual consumer and small-l business market, rather than relying just on commercial sales. Worries are now easing about the 3D printing space, said Ciaccia, adding that many thought it would only fit the needs of industrial companies and hobbyists. With the introduction of the use of metal in the printing process and as the both the price of printers and the cost of the technology behind them decreases, we could really see the industry take off, he said. While the deal might not affect 3D Systems ( DDD) all that much, it certainly could pack a punch for Autodesk ( ADSK). "If I were Autodesk, I'd be pretty upset, because now my product's going to lose my audience," Borchardt said about what the deal means for the individual consumer market. Ciaccia concurred, adding, "Stratasys and MakerBot have deals with Amazon ( AMZN) to really build 3D printing into something that people are going to buy." -- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich. Follow @BretKenwell