Makerbot hits a rough patch….

I don’t know how many of you closely follow 3D printing news. But for some of you that do, you may have noticed that Makerbot has been in the news a lot lately—and not always in a good light. Just recently there have been rumors about a class action lawsuit against Makerbot centered around the Replicator 5th gen—I believe this would be the first class action lawsuit in 3D printing history, but don’t quote me on that, and if you know/hear otherwise I would be curious to learn about other cases. I was curious what got them to this place? So I started going back over some of the 3D printing news that I had received over the past several months with the keyword “makerbot”. I was quickly reminded of some key events this past year and things started to make sense. So I put them in chronological order… then took a look at the SSYS stock (Stratasys stock, Stratasys is now the parent company of Makerbot)… and what I found I just had to share. Notice the correlation between some of these key events and the changes in the stock in the attached images below.

 

The patent wars…

JANUARY 7, 2014

Stratasys sues Afinia for patent infringement…

 

MAY 28, 2014

 Makerbot tries to patent some opensource ideas…

 

 

The decline…

June 19, 2013

Stratasys aquires Makerbot…

 

JULY 15, 2014

Home Depot begins carrying the Makerbot Replicator in stores…

 

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot leaves Makerbot (and moves to Stratasys)… (link2, link3)

 

OCTOBER 31, 2014

HP annouces its intension to enter the 3D printing industry…. (I’d still like to see how this turns out, but don’t get me started on that one.)

 

NOVEMBER 5, 2014

iMakr removes Replicator 5th Gen and Replicator Z18 from its inventory due to dissatisfied customers…

 

January 27, 2015

 Possible class action lawsuit for the Makerbot replicator 5th gen…

 

SSYS Stock: 5 year snapshot

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SSYS Stock: 1 year snapshot

 

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Also see: 3dpsindex.com

 

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