Byline: Jaret Seiberg
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice dropped an antitrust challenge to 3D Systems Corp.'s $45 million acquisition of DTM Corp. after the companies agreed Aug. 16 to license technologies used to create three-dimensional computer designs.
The settlement is the latest example of the government's intolerance for "three-to-two" mergers. These are deals where two of the three competitors in a given market decide to combine. 3D Systems and DTM control 80% of the domestic prototyping market. The other competitor is Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys Inc.
3D Systems will license patents to a company that already manufactures rapid …