Top 10 Robotics and Automation Transactions in Q1 2021

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2. 3D printing firm Markforged in $2.1B SPAC merger

On Feb. 24, Markforged Inc. said it plans to go public after agreeing to combine with “one,” a SPAC led by Kevin Hartz. The Watertown, Mass.-based company combines metal and carbon fiber with its Digital Forge additive manufacturing system. It also recently released the Blacksmith software, which uses machine learning and is designed to streamline workflows from design through production and inspection. Markforged’s customers include NASA, Raytheon, Siemens, and Toyota.

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1. 10. WeRide raises $310M for autonomous vehicles

2. 9. AI processor provider Horizon Robotics finds $400M

3. 8. Berkshire Grey enters $413M SPAC merger

4. 7. Plus gets $420M for autonomous trucks

5. 6. Momenta obtains $500M in Series C funding

6. 5. Nuro receives $500M in Series C funding for delivery robo…

7. 4. VELO3D to undertake $500M SPAC merger

8. 3. Cruise gets $1B in equity funding from Microsoft, others

9. 2. 3D printing firm Markforged in $2.1B SPAC merger

10. 1. Teledyne acquires FLIR Systems for $8B

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