Stratasys Spins Off Product Development Workshop
Stratasys announced yesterday that it is spinning off its product-development workshop, Bold Machines, into an independent entity.
The Eden Prairie-based 3D-printing company said Bold Machines, which experiments with different ways to use Stratasys’ machines across fields ranging from art to prosthetics, would be better able to focus on innovation and collaboration with designers.
The new company is helmed by Bre Pettis, founder and CEO of Stratasys-acquired MakerBot, who moves from making tools for 3D printing to a user of those tools for production.
“I have built tools that empower other people to build products for the last decade,” Pettis said in a statement. “I’m exicted to jump over the fence and build products myself.”
Though officially spun off from Stratasys, Bold Machines will continue to delve into manufacturing their work through several of the company’s printing
Bold Machines distinguishes itself in its interaction with designers in the past, which is part of the reason for this spinoff from Stratasys. “It has helped product designers overcome challenges in a variety of industries from Bionic limb design, to film animation support, to new architectural concept creation,” the company said in a statement.
“It’s important to have entities such as Bold Machines to advance the adoption of 3D printing and make it more accessible,” Stratasys CEO David Reis said in a statement. “Stratasys will continue to innovate new products, as well as work with its partners and customers to pioneer ground-breaking applications, to make 3D printing more accessible and widely adopted.”
One of those partners will be Bold Machines and Pettis. “Bre is a visionary and I look forward to a continued close-working relationship with him,” Reis said.