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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, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3D Systems facts



Headquarters (founded)

Rock Hill, S.C. (1986)

Market Cap

$3.3 billion


Computer hardware

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$353.6 billion


CEO Abraham Reichental

Founder/Chief Technology Officer Dr. Charles Hull

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$155.9 million / $88.2 million


Dassault Systemes



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

On CAPS, 95% of the 2,116 members who have rated 3D Systems believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Earlier today, one of those Fools, monkeykat, succinctly summed up the 3D Systems bull case for our community:

Personal 3D printers will be one of the next 'must have' home items within the next 10 years. The tech is still new but the price for home versions are already falling as production increases making them more available. With some companies creating much cheaper cartridges to refill your 3D printer with, if DDD can match them they will really create for themselves a great niche.

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.

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  • Report this Comment On April 25, 2013, at 1:00 PM, tven7 wrote:

    $353.6 billion with this revenue the stock is a screaming buy. :)

  • Report this Comment On April 25, 2013, at 5:37 PM, TangoXray7 wrote:

    Monkeykat's analysis is likely a good one, but there's more here. The "razors and blades" model won't be central to the home market accepting 3D printing, it will be a revenue generator *after* printers are accepted. Printer price alone won't guarantee market acceptance. The crux move will be cheap and easy to use 3D scanners. 3DS is well positioned in that arena with its Go!SCAN product and its Geomagic software. Those are the products that will bring 3D printing to the small office and eventually to the home.

  • Report this Comment On April 25, 2013, at 5:59 PM, TangoXray7 wrote:

    You need to correct the TTM Revenue number. It's 353.63 *million* not billion.

    Screaming buy doesn't even come close if the number you used was real :)

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