Based on an article in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) citing people familiar with the matter, rumors are swirling that MakerBot is in acquisition talks with potential suitors.  What began as work on a new round of venture capital funding designed to raise about $25 million turned into a discussion of interested parties.

The New York-based company's previous round of funding was in 2011, for $10 million, and saw participation from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.  MakerBot currently employs around 250 employees and recently announced a new factory, plus additional hiring.

Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO and the last remaining of the three original founders, is said to have enough controlling interest to be able to drive the decision himself.  He is on the record as having stated he would probably agree to sell to a company large enough to move 3D printing to the masses faster, such as Hewlett Packard (German language site).

It remains to be seen whether or not the principals will cash out or instead advance plans for another round of funding.  3D Printer World will report more as this story develops.