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MakerBot in acquisition talks, says report

According to The Wall Street Journal, MakerBot, one of the leaders in the personal 3D printing space, is talking about being acquired.

The MakerBot Replicator 2, as shown by CEO Bre Pettis. Rich Brown/CNET

MakerBot, one of the biggest names in the personal 3D printer business, is in acquisition talks.

That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported Wednesday that the Brooklyn, N.Y., company is in discussions with possible buyers.

MakerBot, which produces the $2,200 Replicator 2, one of the most popular 3D printers of its kind, has been a leader in the industry for several years. Its CEO, Bre Pettis, has become a spokesperson of sorts for the 3D printing industry and was the opening keynote speaker at this year's South by Southwest Interactive festival.

The Journal reported that MakerBot had recently been investigating raising new venture funding at a valuation of around $300 million, and that during those discussions, the potential acquisition surfaced. But it's not at all clear whether the 4-year-old company would prefer to continue as an independent company or sell.

A MakerBot representative told CNET, "We can't, shouldn't, and won't comment on rumors and speculation."