Today 3D Systems announced that it has acquired The3DStudio.com, an internet company that offers 3D and 2D content and resources such as 3D models, textures, tutorials, plug-ins, gallery art, stock photos and even software.
The3DStudio.com was founded in 1996 by Matt Anderson as a free online resource. As the web site grew he added the option for people to sell their 3D content on his web site. Today The3DStudio.com has free and for sale 3D and 2D content from programs like Autodesk 3ds max, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Lightwave, Maya, Vue, Blender, and many others. As of this writing The3DStudio.com has 1,716277 3D models, stock photos and textures.
Now you may be wondering why the heck did a company that has been making 3D printers for the past 25 years buy an internet company that sells 3D models, stock photos and textures. There are some things I know and there are those that I can’t tell you. But what I can do is tell you to watch us closely as we continue on our stated path of offering an increasing array of compelling 3D content to print solutions.