Last week it was rumoured that MakerBot was considering laying-off around 20 percent of its work force, and over the weekend MakerBot released an official statement confirming the rumours to be true.
20 percent of the MakerBot workforce equates to roughly 100 or so staff and the lay-offs have been instigated by the new MakerBot CEO, Jonathan Jaglom.
Earlier this week MakerBot rolled out a new update to their iOS app that brought with it a wealth of new features including the ability to transform drawings into 3D models. Below is the official statement from MakerBot about the 20 percent lay-offs to their workforce :
“At MakerBot, we continue to evolve at an incredible pace. We’ve grown more than 600% from 2012 to 2014 – in short, we’ve grown incredibly fast. As a company that’s focused on leading-edge innovation, we’ve learned to embrace change in order to stay focused.
Today, we at MakerBot are re-organizing our business in order to focus on what matters most to our customers. As part of this, we have implemented expense reductions, downsized our staff and closed our three MakerBot retail locations.
With these changes, we will focus our efforts on improving and iterating our products, growing our 3D ecosystem, shifting our retail focus to our national partners and expanding our efforts in the professional and education markets.
“These organizational moves are part of the continued scaling of MakerBot,” said David Reis, chief executive officer of Stratasys. At MakerBot, we’re proud of being a highly innovative company that is leading the new product category of desktop 3D printing. We’ve experienced significant growth since inception, and achieved market leadership by iteratively testing, proving and pivoting our business.”
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