Coming in 2013: Cookies From a 3-D Printer

Ping Fu, author of Bend, Not Break, founder and CEO of Geomagic, and incoming chief strategy officer at 3D Systems  (NYSE: DDD  ) , tells of her journey from being a penniless newcomer to the United States, to an incredibly successful CEO.

3D Systems is at the leading edge of a disruptive technological revolution, with the broadest portfolio of 3-D printers in the industry. However, despite years of earnings growth, 3D Systems' share price has risen even faster, and today the company sports a dizzying valuation. To help investors decide whether the future of additive manufacturing is bright enough to justify the lofty price tag on the company's shares, The Motley Fool has compiled a premium research report on whether 3D Systems is a buy right now. In our report, we take a close look at 3D Systems' opportunities, risks, and critical factors for growth. You'll also find reasons to buy or sell, and receive a full year of analyst updates with the report. To start reading, simply click here now for instant access.

The following transcript is lightly edited. 

Brendan: What do you think about the consumer and the retail market for 3-D printing? Do you think that's here yet, or do you think that still has a little way to go?

Ping: I think a Kinko's-like business is already here. There is Shapeways here in the United States, and there are Kinko's-like businesses everywhere, happening everywhere around the world. There are so many of them.

So if in the future the product is software code, then you can ship product across the sea without any carbon footprint. Yet you can locally fabricate them. It doesn't mean you have to make them at home, but you could also make them in your neighborhood, which is totally exciting with a consumer product.

The other one that I think will be really interesting is that this year and next year, you will see chocolate and cookie printers.

Brendan: Really? Are we going to have a 3-D printer in each of our houses in the future? Is that where this is going? Is it going to become that widespread?

Ping: I absolutely think so. I want a chocolate printer in my home so badly.

Brendan: I can't blame you on that one. I'd like one, too.

Ping: And because it is an additive you can also put different fillings in there, and it can be any shape. It's coming.

Brendan: I'm going to hold you to that, because I want one, too.

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  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2013, at 1:34 AM, liulu wrote:

    I am a loyal Fool. I’ve been watching DDD and looking for an entry point. Now DDD is dropping and I may have a chance. But recently Motley Fool had so many interviews with Ms. Fu which made me very uncomfortable. As you know Fu’s new book has been questioned extensively in Chinese community. How could you totally disregard the reactions? Personally, I have about the same family background as Fu’s and have also lived a life in two worlds. So, I have a hard time to believe Fu’s stories. But that is not my problem here. My problem here is I am not sure if I should buy this stock when Fu seems to be the person blueprinting DDD’s business. I don’t know why because her company is only one of many (23?) acquired by DDD. Is her company that critical to DDD? Also, why would Motley Fool always mention her book in the first paragraph of your articles? Has she paid you guys to do it? Some explanations will be appreciated.

  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2013, at 3:25 PM, woo131 wrote:

    What the hell is a chocolate printer? Would you eat a cookie where you squirted hot chocolate through nozzles along with a binder? There is Fool and there is stupid. Which is this?

  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2013, at 3:29 AM, amvet wrote:

    Chocolate and cookies are a definite possibility, but my favorites are titanium and cobalt-steel industrial parts. (Available from Arcam AB in Sweden.) MTU Aero Engines in Germany uses 3 D printers to make engine parts.

    Home use will perhaps be a big market, but industrial use will be giant.

  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2013, at 3:33 AM, amvet wrote:

    By the way, I own some DDD, AMAVF, CDNS, MENT, PRCP, and SSYS. Planned holding period....2 years.

  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2013, at 5:07 PM, wjcoffman wrote:

    I get chocolate and cookies from the grocery store. Lots of variety and different manufacturers - all ready to eat. Or, I can buy ingredients and make cookies from 'scratch' using - wait for it - an oven. Oh, my!

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