3D printing company MakerBot has acquired software startup Layer By Layer.

Layer By Layer develops systems that aim to make 3D printing technology easier and more accessible. The company was founded two years ago by Jonathan Schwartz, Max Friefeld, Graham Tremper, Dustin Kane, Becca Schwartz and Oliver Ortlieb. As part of the acquisition, Friefeld, Ortlieb and Jonathan Schwartz and joined MakerBot as employees.

Brooklyn-based MakerBot hopes the acquisition accelerates its position in the entertainment and 3D printing management spaces. The buyer, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS) sells desktop 3D printers.

Stratasys, which makes 3D printers and related materials, paid more than $400 million to buy MakerBot in 2013. For more on MakerBot, see Six Sizzling Sectors: Manufacturing.

For more on 3D printing, watch our video interview with Watermill Group's John Carr, 3D Printing Stands Out as Manufacturing Surges


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