This Could Be the Most Important 3-D Printing Material

Forget plastic, glass, ceramic, and metal. Sand could become the most important 3-D printing material out there.

Thanks to sand casting, which accounts for over 70% of metal casting, 3-D printing companies capable of printing with sand have a tremendous opportunity to benefit. In the video below, Fool.com contributor Steve Heller details the process of sand casting and how 3-D printing companies like 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) , Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) , and ExOne (NASDAQ: XONE  ) could all stand to benefit.

Sand is just one huge growth material for 3-D printing. With the U.S. relying on the rest of the world for such a large percentage of our goods, many investors are ready for the end of the "made in China" era. Well, it may be here. Read all about the biggest industry disrupters since the personal computer in "3 Stocks to Own for the New Industrial Revolution". Just click here to learn more.


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  • Report this Comment On August 01, 2013, at 8:21 PM, thesullster wrote:

    Skipping the patterning process step is a big thing. I don't pay attention to market forecasts (that this will go to some $30bn in 2 yrs) but surely the gains in production leadtime means 3-d printing will be a must-do for all industrial players. Huge!

  • Report this Comment On August 02, 2013, at 8:29 AM, gibson225es wrote:

    I think the video should mentions that conventional patterns and cores are a fraction of the cost, when it comes to high production rates. 3-D shines at the prototype end of the spectrum, as far as sand casting goes,

  • Report this Comment On August 06, 2013, at 2:16 PM, LonnieStarr wrote:

    On Scribd there's a doc. named "There's something about 3D printing", anyone who is the least bit queasy about holding on should read it an rest easy.

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