An article in The Wall Street Journal reports that Makerbot, a 3-D printing company focused on consumers and very popular with hobbyists, is in acquisition talks. The company has a key asset, its massive Thingiverse design library, which gives consumers access to nearly eight times the number of designs that 3D Systems' (NYSE: DDD) cubify.com library contains. Should 3D Systems investors be worried? In the video below, Motley Fool industrials analyst Blake Bos discusses how 3D Systems' business differs from Makerbot's, and ponders just how big of a threat this company might be.
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.