Carbon expands its 3D Printing Software capabilities with acquisition of ParaMatters

Carbon, the developer of Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) 3D printing technology, has acquired ParaMatters, a SaaS-based company offering software for design and production via 3D printing across metal, polymer, and other materials and production systems.

The capabilities of ParaMatters’ software have been seen across several applications in the automotive and the medical industry.  Its potential in generative design for additive manufacturing enables engineers to explore 5 key ways to create better products: Designing advanced geometries (topology optimized 3D printable designs to meet performance criteria), pre-print simulation (digitally simulate the performance of parts prior to printing to ensure performance), post-print simulation (evaluate CT scans of printed parts to identify manufacturing deviations from your original design and understand the potential performance impacts), part consolidation (combine assemblies of multiple parts into a single part to improve performance and reduce the number of parts) and comparative evaluation (understand the potential advantages and trade-offs of different materials and geometries on factors such as cost, weight, and other desired performance requirements).

We recognize the critical role software design tools play in our customers’ digital transformation. For far too long, designers have settled for software design tools that adhere to the limitations of traditional manufacturing,” said Phil DeSimone, co-founder and member of the Office of the CEO. “Many design tools of yesterday are not optimized to take advantage of industry innovations, including advanced 3D printing materials and manufacturing processes. Both Carbon and ParaMatters have shared the same vision to provide modern tools to ensure product development teams can create better products in less time.”

The integration into Carbon’s portfolio would certainly provide customers with more opportunities to tap into the additive manufacturing value chain. For now, we don’t know how exactly. Could it possibly be an integration of ParaMatters’ functionality into Carbon’s existing DesignEngine CAD tool? Time will tell.

Although it’s a good deal for both parties, it’s difficult to not mention the fact that ParaMatters is part of XponentialWorks’ investment portfolio – alongside along promising companies like Nexa3D. This means that somehow XponentialWorks is involved in this transaction as one of the sellers. The acquisition happens at a time when Nexa3D laid off a part of its workforce. Is all of a this a pure coincidence or a sign that something is wrong in XponentialWorks’ business?

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