Belgium's Materialise acquires Polish 3D prototyping firm e-Prototypy

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Feb 06, 2014 12:08 AM EST

Materialise, a Belgian 3D printing products and services provider, has purchased Polish prototyping company e-Prototypy. The financial terms of the acquisition deal were not disclosed, according to TechCrunch.

Based in Leuven, Belgium, Materialise is also the owner of Czech prototyping company Utsi Nad Labern CR, the report added.

In a release, Industrial production Vice President Bart Van Der Schueren said of the deal: "Thanks to the acquisition, Polish customers will be gaining access to the vast production capacity of Materialise. Furthermore, current Materialise customers will benefit from access to the scanning and reverse engineering services of e-Prototypy."

For the 3D printing industry in Central Europe, the transaction shows that similar companies are already heating hup. Zortrax, another 3D printer maker, recently sold 6,000 units to Dell Asia. The Central European region has always been a center of manufacturing. As new techniques are developed, more industrial cities are coming back online and experimenting with new manufacturing methods. Although the deals are not yet big, there is already a significant movement in the tech industry in this area, TechCrunch reported.

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