March 18, 2013
When investors talk about 3-D printing being the next "trillion-dollar revolution" they're referring to the addressable manufacturing market that 3-D printing has the potential to replace. In a recent interview, the CEO of Materialise, who was recently voted the most influential person within the 3-D printing industry, believes that 3-D printing has the potential to represent up to 30% of the worldwide manufacturing industry. In 2010 terms, this would make 3-D printing a $3 trillion worldwide industry. With the 3-D printing industry only worth a few billion dollars today, not only does this proclamation seem farfetched, it seems downright impossible. In this video, Motley Fool contributor Steve Heller discusses whether this is even possible, what sort of time frame is under consideration, and offers his favorite 3-D printing investment today.
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 the stock today. To start reading, simply click here now for instant access.