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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 Byrnes: One of the interesting things about 3D Systems is it's been very highly acquisitive and it's bought dozens and dozens of companies over the past years. Do you see that continuing specifically with 3D Systems and this consolidation buying up some smaller players?

Ping Fu: I think the importance is not so much about consolidation but about creating a more complete product line, more streamlined workflow, more affordable solutions for customers. Most important is the customer experience. We will continue to do that if it makes sense. I remember Jack Stack, who wrote the book The Great Game of Business -- he told me that great business starts with innovation. Then you focus on product, then you focus on market, then you focus on building companies. 3D Systems is really in the stage of building companies.

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  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2013, at 3:28 PM, izzyel18 wrote:

    Ever cinse you recommended this share to BUY it has lost close to 50% percents of it value & you're still recommending it, Do you have much more to download?

  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2013, at 4:10 PM, LarryT7 wrote:

    "3D Systems is really in the stage of building companies."

    What does that mean to investors?

    No clue :(

  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2013, at 4:39 PM, Matrix103 wrote:

    I have noticed that happening many times after a recommendation. Lucky for me I eyed 3D months ago and opened a position below what it is now. My feeling, they recommend a company months after they have opened a position so we can give them a nice profit.

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