Why 3D Systems Is Set to Keep Soaring

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, three-dimensional printer maker 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3D Systems business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3D Systems facts

Headquarters (founded)

Rock Hill, S.C. (1986)

Market Cap

$2.6 billion

Industry

Computer hardware

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$321.9 million

Management

CEO Abraham Reichental

Founder/Chief Technology Officer Dr. Charles Hull

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

14.9%

Cash/Debt

$183.9 million / $131.2 million

Competitors

Dassault Systemes

Delcam

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,440 members who have rated 3D Systems believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, jwlarson3, offered a cautiously optimistic take on the opportunity:

Have you actually taken the time to watch a video of what 3D printing can do? It is that way precision goods and parts will be manufactured in the future. Based on my research into its competition, 3D systems really seems to be the innovator in the field and profitable to boot. There is a ton of upside to this whole industry. Just watch out for another thought leader in the sector, that would be the time to look at the auction block.

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  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2012, at 5:37 PM, colleran wrote:

    Dassault and Delcam are software developers, not hardware. I don't think I would put them as competitors to 3D Systems. I am sure many people use Dassault, Delcam, Autodesk or other software to create the CAD drawings for DDD printers.

  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2012, at 10:13 AM, pollution1 wrote:

    Can one of the FOOLS please tell me why i have to fill in email in the links in this post? ' so click here to access it now'

    I already paid member why is this so complicated, i paid so i though i could see all more easy and still it asks for email everytime

  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2012, at 2:04 PM, tsugar wrote:

    Colleran, I COMPLETELY agree. I was just about to write myself why Motley Fool continuously mentions Dassault as a competitor. It is misleading and I almost bought shares in the company, buying into the 3d printing story, until I realized that they are a software company and do not produce 3d printers at all.

    FOOL, please take note.

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