Microsoft’s bid to buy 3D printing company 3D has raised the possibility that the software giant might be the winner of a $1.7 billion bid by 3D Technologies, a company that is developing a smartphone-sized 3D printable plastic for a range of consumer products, including cars, eyewear and more.
The deal, which is expected to close by the end of the month, is one of several recent acquisitions by Microsoft in the field of 3D printers.
In December, the company announced plans to buy printer manufacturer Laser-Jet, a maker of printers that can be printed on both the desktop and mobile platforms.
The company’s move comes as 3D technology continues to gain momentum and has become an important part of the company’s plans to become more ubiquitous.
3D systems are used by companies like Microsoft and Ford to build devices and parts for consumers.
They can create parts and assemble them in different shapes and sizes.
3Ds are essentially a way of printing on paper, a way to make objects that are much larger than what is currently possible using traditional printers.
3d printing is also used to make parts for the automotive industry and the aerospace industry, and is now being used for a wide variety of applications, including wearable and medical products.
3M, the maker of a range a range.
It was the second company in the past week to announce a bid for the company.
Last month, 3D Technology, a supplier of printing systems, said it was making a bid to acquire the maker in a deal that valued the company at $6.6 billion.
The companies also announced plans in February to announce more acquisitions, including a $100 million buyout of rival printer maker Stratasys.
3DPrinting has been in a slow decline as competitors have developed cheaper and more flexible printing technologies.
Last year, 3DPropes reported revenues of $3.6 million, down from $5.9 million a year earlier.
However, the companies have recently seen rapid growth.
3DRampest, the makers of the iRobot 3D Scanner, reported $2 million in sales last year.
3DOx, maker of the 3DO 3D scanner, reported revenue of $2,818,000 in 2016.
That compares with $3 million a day for Stratasies rival.
3DLabs, maker for the iCubot 3-D scanner said revenue of just over $2 a day in 2016, up from just over a million a month earlier.