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Two of DDD's competitors, Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) and Objet (privately held) are combining powers to address a wider range of 3D printing customers - though they will still be focused on professional applications as opposed to DDD's push into the consumer market (as represented by SSYS still having only 260 resellers compared to 330 for DDD - smaller potential client base).

DDD shares jumped nicely yesterday on the announcement as the transaction provides comparative pricing, and because fewer competitors is usually a good thing.

It will be interesting to see if SSYS and Objet can make this merger work - separate headquarters in Minnesota and Israel seems like a challenge. And will the founder of SSYS (becoming the Chairman of the combined entity) be able to let go of the reins and let Objet's CEO take over?
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