3D Systems Steps Up Vertical, Industry Focus with Purchase of Vertex

February 1, 2017

3D printing and additive manufacturing companies are betting industry-specific use cases can juice growth. 3D Systems is targeting the dental industry.

3D Systems, a 3D printer and additive manufacturing system company, said it will acquire Vertex-Global Holding in a deal that highlights how market players are increasingly targeting industries for growth.

The acquisition, outlined on January 31, gives 3D Systems a key foothold in the dental market and the Vertex and NextDent brands. 3D Systems will combine its Figure 4 platform and NextDent's 3D printing materials.

Vertex Dental and NextDent have 12 dental 3D printing materials used in more than 70 countries. Dentists can use NextDent to manufacture trays, models, drilling templates, dentures, crowns, and bridges.

3D Systems said it will continue to support Vertex and NextDent portfolios. Executives at Vertex will continue to run the business. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but 3D Systems said the acquisition will boost earnings per share.

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