Village Plastics filament3D Systems purchased the 3D printing filament manufacturer Village Plastics, of Norton, Ohio.

Village Plastics mainly produces ABS, PLA and HIPS 3D printing filament.

"Village Plastics brings significant filament-based material development know-how and large scale manufacturing expertise that are vitally important to our Cube 3D printer consumer and prosumer growth initiatives," 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental said. "With the Village team on board, we expect to be able to enhance the profitability of this growing category and fast track the delivery of new high-performance filament-based products for the benefit of our users worldwide."

The plan is to pair Village Plastics' filaments with 3D Systems flagship printers, the Cube and Cube X.

The Cube is capable of printing layers of plastic 0.2mm thick and has a build area of 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5". The personal 3D printer runs around $2,000 and works with ABS and PLA cartridges.

The CubeX's build area is much larger at 10.8" x 10.45" x 9.5". It is available with up to three print heads, allowing three colors to be used in a single print job without changing filament. CubeX cartridges are available in 18 different colors.

3D Systems also offers cloud sourced on-demand custom parts, integrated 3D scan-based design and freeform modeling and inspection tools.

Village Plastics isn't 3D Systems' first acquisition this year either. It purchased the Figulo Corporation, a provider of production and consumer-grade 3D printed ceramics, earlier this month. It gobbled up the Sugar Lab, which 3D prints personalized sugar sculptures, in September.

In August alone, the company added TeamPlatform, a cloud-based collaborative project manager for engineers, product designers and manufacturers; and the UK-based rapid prototyping company CRDM, which creates parts for a variety of automotive, aerospace, medical and motorsports application.

In June it bought out the French Phenix Systems, which manufactures Direct Metal Selective Laser Sintering 3D Printers that can build with a variety of materials including stainless steel, super alloys and precious metals.

This year's expansion began back in May, when 3D Systems acquired the Rapid Product Development Group, a provider of on-demand additive and traditional manufacturing services.

On top of all that, 3D Systems has also teamed up with Motorola to print its groundbreaking modular phone; worked with the world famous Smithsonian to 3D scan the museum's collection and display it on the Internet; and will provide 3D printers to the FIRST Robotics Competition.

All this has proven very lucrative, as the company recently reported its third quarter revenue grew 50 percent from the prior year to a record $135.7 million.