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Investing in Overhyped 3-D Printing Stocks Will Prove Difficult

The Motley Fool's industrial analyst, Isaac Pino, recently attended The Atlantic magazine's Manufacturing Summit for insight into the industry and visited General Electric's (NYSE: GE  ) 30 Rockefeller offices for a closer look at the $250 billion conglomerate. Isaac and Motley Fool Money host Chris Hill weigh in on the company's transformation over the past few years, its game-changing investments in 3-D printing and the industrial Internet, and the opportunity ahead for GE shareholders.

In the following segment, Isaac answers whether he's bullish on 3-D printing stocks as an investor. He tells us that while the industry itself is fascinating and sure to produce some incredibly creative innovations over the next decade or so, picking one company that's going to emerge as the clear winner from this nascent industry is going to be difficult at this stage.

3D Systems, one of the 3-D printing companies discussed in the video, 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.

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  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2013, at 10:27 AM, jwactowski wrote:

    On Motley Fool's advice I purchased a great deal of stock in DDD and SSYS last week. So far I have lost over $6,000. Honest question: What's the story here? Did the Fool flob this one?

    P.S. Still going down this morning.

    J.D. Wactowski

  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2013, at 3:14 PM, LegalHustler wrote:

    The story is you're a victim of unfortunate timing. If you had bought the day David recommended it you would still be up 200%

  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2013, at 7:25 PM, dudeoutwest wrote:

    To LegalHustler - in your reply to the 3D printing poster - "The story is you're a victim of unfortunate timing. If you had bought the day David recommended it you would still be up 200%"

    What date was the recommendation??? I'm not seeing any 200% gains in quite some time??

  • Report this Comment On February 19, 2013, at 4:26 PM, pyroslayer wrote:

    Initial MF recommendation was in Dec 2011 at $15 per share. I watched it until Feb 2012 and got in at $21/share. It has gone as high as $70 and will probably get there again if you hold on to it

  • Report this Comment On February 21, 2013, at 11:19 AM, DigitalMediaView wrote:

    DDD is down big today because investor's are figuring out that in addition to the sector being overheated, DDD has artificially created revenue growth through acquisition, while neglecting organic growth by underfunding internal R&D.

  • Report this Comment On February 21, 2013, at 11:36 AM, Louis2003b wrote:

    Wow you read Citron report and copied what they said. lol Fortunatly, no one believed DDD created revenue growth by buying acquistions and the stock recovered the next day. DDD is down today because the market is down. It is a growth stock and growth stocks tend to swing more on down days. No one knows what is going to happen until DDD reports on Monday. The average opinion is they will outperform and I for one agree.

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