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Continued: Stratasys goes retail. Opens 2nd and 3rd MakerBot stores

  • Article by: DEE DEPASS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 29, 2013 - 2:04 PM

“I bought one and my kids use it. It’s a lot of fun,” said Jim Bartel, who manages the RedEye business unit of Stratasys, which provides rapid prototyping services to ­manufacturing customers.

Even Stratasys Chairman Scott Crump gets a kick out of the way the smaller machines are accepted by lay consumers.

Crump founded Stratasys in his kitchen in 1992 by using a hot-glue gun, computer and software to “print” a plastic frog for his then toddler daughter. Stratasys expects to post sales of $480 million in 2013.

Dee DePass • 612-673-7725

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