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3D-printing firm Markforged goes public after finalizing SPAC deal

Michael Kelly, Director of Print System Engineering at Markforged, holds a finished face guard and shield that was recently printed with a 3D printer at Markforged.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

Markforged, a Watertown-based 3D printing company, started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, following its completed merger with a special purpose acquisition company.

The company, which sells 3D printers and software to help industrial customers create parts from metal and carbon fiber materials, is officially called Markforged Holding Corporation and trades under the ticker symbol MKFG.

Markforged closed its first day of trading at $7.76 per share, down about five percent from its opening price.

As part of the merger, Markforged said it received about $361 million in gross proceeds before transaction expenses, including $210 million from private investors.


Shai Terem, chief executive officer of Markforged, said that going public is an important milestone in the company’s efforts “to reinvent manufacturing today so our customers can build anything they imagine tomorrow.”

Markforged’s progress underscores the region’s strength in 3D printing and new kinds of manufacturing. In recent years, local companies such as Desktop Metal, Formlabs, and Rize have gone public or raised significant funding rounds to expand their operations.

Markforged, which was founded in 2013 by two graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, currently employs 250 employees globally. The company says its technology has created over 10 million parts in over 70 countries, for organizations such as NASA, Tesla, and the US Air Force.

In February, Markforged said it would go public through a $2.1 billion merger with a SPAC, called one, which is led by tech investor Kevin Hartz, the cofounder and chairman of event management company Eventbrite. Hartz was an early backer of PayPal, Uber, and Airbnb. As part of the merger, Hartz is joining the company’s board of directors.