After some speculation about the future of Lulzbot 3D printer manufacturer Aleph Objects, the Colorado-based company has announced it has been acquired by Fargo Additive Manufacturing Equipment 3D (FAME 3D). The acquiring company, based in Fargo, North Dakota, will continue to manufacture and sell Lulzbot 3D printers.
“LulzBot is one of the core leaders in the desktop 3D printing industry,” said Grant Flaharty, CEO of Aleph Objects, and now FAME 3D. “It’s an organization filled with intelligent, innovative people and solutions that are changing the opportunities for Manufacturing and Medicinal Markets. We couldn’t stand by and watch that type of innovation to go unrealized.”
FAME 3D will take up the mantle from Aleph Objects, carrying on its tradition of open sourced 3D printing. Going forward, the Lulzbot brand will place an increased emphasis on customer support and says it will respond even more to customer feedback about its 3D printing products with a view to improve and fine tune them.
Through the acquisition, FAME 3D has acquired all of Aleph Objects’ assets. Production of Lulzbot 3D printers will reportedly continue at Aleph Objects’ original base in Loveland, Colorado.
The acquisition follows a period of uncertainty about whether Aleph Objects would become the next 3D printing company to shutter. In the lead up to announcing a new bioprinter product (which has, to date, not materialized), the company revealed it had laid off 91 or its 113 employees due to cash flow problems.
Thankfully, it’s not the end of the desktop 3D printing company and Flaherty has even hinted that some former employees may be hired back as production of Lulzbot 3D printer begins again. (According to the Loveland Reporter Herald, it is still undecided whether all of the Lulzbot 3D printer portfolio will remain in production.) In any case, we’ll be on the lookout for updates.