It’s always interesting when a controversial company buys another controversial company. What does this mean? Will they be Controversial2?

Today, 3D Systems announced that they have purchased 3D Printing company BotObjects, a UK-based company best known for two things: FDM 3D Printing in full, real-color and also being accused of consumer fraud and not delivering on their promised product.

At this time, it has not yet been disclosed just how much 3D Systems purchased BotObjects for. The only information thus gathered is that the BotObject ‘ProDesk3D’ machine will be rebranded as the ‘CubePro C‘, boasting of full-color printing.

Wait, isn’t that why 3D Systems bought ZCorp and built their own Color 3D Printer?

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When we covered BotObjects back in April 2014, there was a growing tide of dissatisfaction, mitigated by the fact that there were promises of delivery and an actual machine, complete with a table of assorted bracelets and other colorful objects. According to comments on the video, people were still waiting as of December 2014 and others are demanding refunds.

Now it’s a new year – what will BotObjects being doing next? Apparently they’re hiring (?)

According to the press release from 3D Systems:

“Under the capable and experienced leadership of Martin Warner, who was named Vice President, General Manager botObjects for 3DS, the company plans to fulfill all of its current backorders for the recently introduced ProDesk3D as it concurrently transitions to the new CubePro C line and substantially expands its desktop reach globally. Until the company expands its manufacturing capacity, the CubePro C will be available in a limited release, with plans to expand distribution later in 2015.”

Below is a SolidSmack exclusive interview with BotObjects founders Martin Warner and Mike Duma at the 2014 Inside 3D Printing event in New York City back in April.

…as well as another covering the ‘unboxing’ of the latest version of the ProDesk3D:

What are your thoughts on the purchase?

Perhaps more importantly…will 3D Systems be asking for their money back, too?

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  1. Any IPR owned by Botobjects associated with the heated chamber circumnavigating Stratasys?

  2. Cc: National Crime Reference Number: NFRC150200939737

    INDICTMENT

    FACTS

    1. November 20, 2014 I sent 4489, 59 US dollars for “BotObjects Ltd” under his obligation to deliver 3D-printer ProDesk3D within two to four weeks. The deadline for performance of the obligation – December 20, 2014.
    2. On the date of March 4, 2015 “BotObjects Ltd” has not fulfilled the obligation.
    3. During the period of delay (from 20 November to 03 March to 27 February 2015), I repeatedly reminded “BotObjects Ltd” about the inadmissibility of such behavior and said agreement and the requirement for execution of overdue obligations. Thus, February 7, 2015 I put a formal offer. Proposed in the period until February 10, or to satisfy the obligation, either to return my property from fines for its misuse. “BotObjects Ltd” has ignored the offer.
    4. 27 February 2015 I again made an offer: offered up to 10 March 2015 or to satisfy the obligation, either to return my property from fines for its misuse. “BotObjects Ltd” offer again ignored.
    5. March 2, 2015, I was notified that the offer of 27 February 2015 valid until March 3, 2015. Specified: in the absence of acceptance, March 4, 2015 the transaction is terminated due to non-execution of malicious seller (“BotObjects Ltd”). “BotObjects Ltd” not to accept the offer again. This fact confirms a fact: the absence of an intention to perform obligations.

    WITNESS CRIMES

    Established facts:

    1. “BotObjects Ltd” carries out extortion worldwide. And – without the intention to fulfill their obligations.
    2. “BotObjects Ltd” lured I 4489, 59 US dollars without the intent to deliver 3D-printer ProDesk3D. Fraud – extortion without the intention to meet the obligations. Fraud – a fact taken place.
    3. 4 March 2015 deal to acquire 3D-printer ProDesk3D canceled. Base: “BotObjects Ltd” ill-intentioned is not performed, and does not intend to perform the obligation. From the date of March 4, 2015 “BotObjects Ltd”, or unidentified persons, own my property without grounds provided by law or the transaction. The fate of my property is unknown to me. The requirement to provide information is ignored. This – the theft. Holds two criminal acts:
    • Fraud, in the form of extortion gratuitous loan. Here the subject of fraud – free loan.
    • Direct theft of my property hold of extorted. This – the direct robbery. Date of robbery – March 4, 2015.

    LEGAL IMPLICATIONS:

    1. “BotObjects Ltd” – not a business entity.
    2. “BotObjects Ltd” – an instrument of crime organized crime, carrying out extortion of property of the citizens of the world with its subsequent assignment. There is a certain kind of racket (racketeering Technology).
    3. The founders and senior management of criminal structures “BotObjects Ltd” – criminal association, already subject to and continue to expose citizens of the world racketeering. Criminals are by prior agreement. The source of their welfare – the property of citizens of the world. Carried out the crime against the citizens of the world (followed by robbery extortion). This is – a serious crime
    4. Source of redress – the personal property of an organized criminal group.

    LEGAL REQUIREMENTS Required:

    1. Arrest settlement accounts “BotObjects Ltd” and the property which he owns.
    2. Prohibit activities “BotObjects Ltd”. “BotObjects Ltd” – a fictitious business entity.
    3. Prohibit the activity site «botobjects.com». «Botobjects.com» – a means of deception citizens.
    4. initiate a criminal case on charges of fraud and robbery.
    5. Arrest private property criminals in fact (the founders and senior management “BotObjects Ltd”).
    6. Publish the media information about the criminal case.

  3. I am from Belarus. My family – victims of crime into the group (“Botobjects Ltd”). Founders “Botobjects Ltd” – Martin Warner and Mike Duma. These persons, in fact, – the two villains, two world-class Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (hereinafter – the criminals). Criminals abusing the trust of citizens around the world extort money gullible citizens, and then – distribute the money in their pockets. Criminals immediately heard by three types of offenses: fraud (it is – a way of taking possession of another’s property), robbery (blatant, open theft of property obtained by crime), criminal enrichment (profit from criminal use of property). Victims very much. I – also a victim. So, my family forwarded 4489, 59 US dollars under the obligation to deliver within 2-4 weeks 3D-printer Prodesk3d. It took 24 weeks. No money, no printer. Criminals have disappeared: the letters do not meet all the requirements for the return of property to ignore …

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