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3D Systems buys 3D printing-focused "digital play platform"

  • Acquisition-hungry 3D Systems (DDD +0.2%) has purchased Digital PlaySpace (DPS), creator of a "digital play platform" that combines 3D-printed toys and dollhouse items with design tools and social sharing features for kids. Terms are undisclosed.
  • DPS' platform relies on a site (DigitalDollhouse.com) and a Facebook app. Objects designed using the platform can be produced using one of 3D's consumer/enthusiast-focused Cube printers, or through its Cubify online printing service.
  • The acquisition follows a deal with Hasbro to create "play experiences powered by 3D printing," and the purchase of 3D toy modeling firm Gentle Giant Studios.
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  • Esekla
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    Another acquisition. What will Goodwill be up to in next report? No wonder DDD tops the latest hedge fund short ideas list. See this comment:

     

    http://bit.ly/1bMuM8Y
    19 Feb, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • bernard_k50
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    If we all promise to dump DDD and buy Exone, will you please leave, Esekla?
    19 Feb, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    Eventually, DDD will run out of ink to print more shares to continue acquiring irrelevant businesses.
    19 Feb, 04:08 PM Reply Like
  • hhess13892
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    Andreas:

     

    "irrelevant businesses?
    How do you know? Do you have knowledge of DDD's intentions for the future. Certainly some of their acquisitions may not play out, but how does one know ?

     

    I believe the Hershey, Hasbro, Play Space, Gentle Giant, will be of great value to DDD.
    19 Feb, 07:13 PM Reply Like
  • 3D Tech
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    Not so much irrelevant businesses, the intellectual property.
    19 Feb, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • seekingalphagl142
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    Future spin-off?
    20 Feb, 05:03 AM Reply Like
  • Lonnie Starr
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    Children get excited about toys etc., they will probably want to have their designs printed using the service provider system. In a couple of years, these children will be familiar with 3d printing and designing, giving them a leg up on realization of creative ideas, that has to play out well into their high school years. Best yet is that, the simple desires of these kids, can and probably will drag their parents along with them. Another vector of awareness will open and that cannot be a bad thing.
    20 Feb, 08:38 AM Reply Like
  • ddennisradio
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    Any idea as to how McDonalds became to be the number one fast food chain the world? It wasn't by selling hamburgers to parents. This clown named Ronald McDonald came along and competition never knew what hit them until it was too late. Look at the big picture here and see how history sometimes repeats itself.
    20 Feb, 09:59 AM Reply Like
  • Lonnie Starr
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    For sure, I remember a store started a rumor that Ronald might visit the store over an unspecified week end, the place was packed from sun up to sun down.
    21 Feb, 08:46 AM Reply Like
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