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MakerBot Expands Ecosystem with SoftKinetic Partnership

(Wall Street Journal) MakerBot, together with SoftKinetic, a provider of 3D vision and gesture recognition solutions, have jointly announced an exclusive strategic partnership. This partnership is expected to help MakerBot expand its 3D Ecosystem and 3D Printing Platform, and enhance the ease of use and connectivity of MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and Scanners. This strategic partnership is also expected help SoftKinetic enhance its 3D camera technology for 3D scanning.

The exclusive relationship between MakerBot and SoftKinetic is focused on the development of next generation 3D cameras based on SoftKinetic’s technology for inclusion in future MakerBot 3D scanning products. SoftKinetic’s DepthSense(R) 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) depth capture technology is designed to create a seamless user experience with MakerBot Scanners and MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, making scanning and printing 3D images as easy as taking a picture.