Just announced:  3D Systems acquires Bits From Bytes Ltd., a leading U.K. maker of affordable 3D printers and kits located in Bristol.  Bits From Bytes makes and sells 3D printers and kits that print real plastic parts from a variety of materials in multiple colors for educational, hobbyist and professional applications.

“Powered by 3D Systems technology, marketplace presence and financial flexibility, Bits From Bytes products can reach new audiences, address new applications and open new channels and geographies that are begging for open source access and functionality,” says Ian Adkins, Managing Director, Bits From Bytes Ltd.

“With the acquisition of Bits From Bytes, 3D Systems takes the next major step towards democratizing access to 3D printing - a stated strategic direction and ongoing commitment,” says Abe Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems.

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