Have 3D Printer Shares Hit the Top?

The 3D printing space is one that everyone has been wanting in on recently. The process has been viewed as a game changer for many manufacturing industries and, as there are only two publicly traded stocks in this sphere, 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) and Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS  ) , those shares are in high demand.

But share prices have been flat lately over the last three months, and a lot of negativity in the media has been asking if hype has overvalued these share prices. And is this as high as they're going to go? In this video, Motley Fool Consumer Goods Analyst Blake Bos separates the signals from the noise, and tells us, apart from the hype, what investors really need to look at to determine whether or not these stocks are ready to drop, or if they may reach the valuation everyone's been hoping for.

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  • Report this Comment On November 19, 2012, at 10:58 AM, 3drp wrote:

    Hard to say. Every tim one would expect it to hit the top, they come up with a new marketing strategy.

    Regarding the game changer in manufacturing. Maybe .001% of all manufacturing will be effected by this. Hardly a game changer. The only additive manufacturing that has become a game changer is powdered metal sintering, at that has been around for about 100 years.

    When applying RP, or 3D printing to manufacturing, the fact is that it is only fast for a few parts, then it becomes very slow.

    High speed machining for creating molds and dies has had a far greater impact on manufacturing, as tooling that took weeks even 10 years ago, can be produced in just a couple of days.

  • Report this Comment On November 19, 2012, at 5:01 PM, TMFBos wrote:

    Completely agree, you'll need significant breakthroughs technologically for 3d printing to make sense in medium to large scale manufacturing. I personally believe in the long term its the portion of business with the greatest upside though; more promise than personal 3d printers that is. Of course nano-technology and quantum computing were supposed to have changed the world by now too. Do you remember the space elevator on the cover on Popular Science and nano-tubes?

    http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2004-04/space-elevator

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