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3D Systems to acquire Cimatron for $97 million

November 25th 2014

3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of CAM software developer Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) in a deal valued at approximately $97 million. 3D Systems has been on an aggressive acquisition path for the past few years, in an effort to create a full-service 3D printing software and hardware business. Read more on the acquisition on GraphicSpeak.

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Why gaming is a proxy for the PC market

Techwatch November 25th 2014

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Nvidia and Qualcomm share design win at Xiaomi

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