Velo3D Inc will merge with a blank-check company backed by tennis star Serena Williams, in a deal that takes the 3D printing technology venture public at a combined value of $1.6 billion, the companies said on Tuesday.

The deal with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Jaws Spitfire Acquisition Corp includes $155 million from Baron Capital Group, Hedosophia and other private investors and confirms an earlier report here by Reuters. It will fetch $500 million in proceeds for the combined company.

Williams’ firm has invested in more than 50 companies with a total market value of $14 billion, including online learning platform MasterClass and tech company Propel, its website showed. Silicon Valley-based Velo3D was founded in 2015 and supplies hardware and software in 3D printing technology to industrial clients, including aerospace manufacturer SpaceX.

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By Niket Nishant in Bengaluru and Ramakrishnan M.

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