BCN3D – one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers in Europe, made its first acquisition in history. Yesterday, the Portuguese company announced the acquisition of AstroPrint – developer of cloud-based 3D printing software that enables users to efficiently manage multiple 3D printers. The companies concluded a takeover agreement in April this year. and completed the transaction in July. Thanks to the acquisition of BCN3D, it not only became the owner of the popular platform for 3D printing in the cloud, but also acquired an experienced team of programmers who will participate in the development of other products of the company.
Founded in San Diego, California in 2013, AstroPrint is one of the best-known cloud software platforms on the market. It has over 200,000 registered users from 130 different countries and supports up to 2,000 3D printers at the same time. BCN3D intends to maintain AstroPrint as an independent platform and continue to develop new functionalities for its user base.
BCN3D from Barcelona is one of the largest and most popular manufacturers of 3D printers in Europe. The history of the company dates back to 2012, when it was established as a branch of CIM-UPC – Technology Center of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Initially, the company dealt with the production and sale of its own versions of 3D printers derived directly from the RepRap project. In May 2015, BCN3D presented a proprietary device called Sigma, equipped with a proprietary system of two independent print heads called IDEX (Independent Dual Extrusion) and a number of other, unique at that time functionalities (including a touch control panel, a closed draw system). filament, or the work table inscribed in the XY axes in the A4 sheet format).
In November 2019, BCN3D presented a new generation of its devices – Epsilon, which has since become the company’s flagship product. In 2020, he began developing his own BCN3D Cloud platform.
The integration of AstroPrint technology in the BCN3D cloud will undoubtedly benefit users of Portuguese devices. BCN3D also announces that it will use the AstroPrint development team to create completely new products. The merger of the two development teams will be led by co-founder and CTO Daniel Arroyo, who will now also assume the position of Chief Software Officer at BCN3D.