The news from the additive manufacturing world just won’t slow down, and this week seems to be focusing on building service capacity. This morning, Stratasys announced that it is acquiring “certain assets” of Interfacial Solutions, a Wisconsin production partner. Interfacial Solutions provides thermoplastics R&D and production services and, says Stratasys, been “instrumental in the research and development for, and is the producer of, some of Stratasys’ thermoplastic material” for the FDM product lines such as MakerBot.
Founded in 2003, Interfacial Solutions says it has “enabled our contract research and development customers to successfully commercialize more than $300 million dollars of innovative plastic products in a variety of markets”. The company operates a 42,000 square foot production facility near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
David Reis, CEO of Stratasys, says that Interfacial Solutions’ expertise in plastics and filament will “strengthen our materials R&D skills and bandwidth; enable us to become vertically integrated in material development and manufacturing; and increase materials production space and capacity.”
Details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Stratasys expects the transaction to close in Q2, subject to customary closing conditions.