The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has acquired 3Dnatives, an online media platform and international events company for professionals in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and related market applications.
"There is a natural similarity between the work of SPE and of 3Dnatives," said Patrick Farrey, SPE's CEO. "Both publish the most up-to-date technical information for professionals in the plastics and additive manufacturing industries. Joining with 3Dnatives expands SPE's expertise in these growing markets and gives our members unprecedented access to the science and technologies they need to know."
3Dnatives, a French company, has a global presence that will broaden SPE's worldwide reach with daily industry news and market-specific platforms produced in five languages — French, German, English, Spanish, and Italian. 3Dnatives is known for its 3D printing equipment comparison engine, original articles, technical guides, product reviews, job board, business directory, and more.
With its ADDITIV brand, the company produces online and in-person events dedicated to 3D printing and its applications. The company's recent events included over 200 expert speakers from top-tier companies (such as L'Oréal, Audi, NASA, Boeing, etc.).
"SPE's well-established leadership in producing technical information for plastics and manufacturing professionals will be a great asset, as 3Dnatives continues to serve more than six-million 3D printing and additive manufacturing professionals across the globe every year," said Alexandre Martel, CEO/founder of 3Dnatives. "Together, we look forward to reaching even more markets, with original content produced specifically for each country in their native language."
The companies will maintain offices in the US, Brussels, and Paris.