What Morgan Stanley Thinks About the 3-D Printing Industry

Editors Note: This article previously incorrectly stated JP Morgan Chase & Co. released two research reports on 3D printing. The article has been corrected to show Morgan Stanley released the the reports. The author and Motley Fool apologizes for and regrets this mistake.

The banking juggernaut known as Morgan Stanley just released two of its Blue Paper research reports about the 3-D printing industry, also known as additive manufacturing. With over 100 pages of insight, the reports were a treasure trove of information to investors looking for insight into the industry. The overall take on the report was a bullish outlook on the technology's impact in medical applications, but a more conservative view in regards to industrial applications.

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Overall, the report contained many great takeaways for investors. The highlights include: industry growth rates, technologies AM is disrupting, and live tissue printing to name a few. In the video below, Motley Fool analyst Blake Bos goes over some of the key findings in the report, and lets 3-D printing investors know what it means to them.

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  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 5:16 PM, cameron12x wrote:

    I'm surprised that you didn't mention that Organovo just recently signed an agreement with Roche for using Organovo's printed liver tissue for toxicity testing.

    This has the potential to violently disrupt the way pre-clinical trials are currently performed, saving big pharma $billions of dollars annually in drug research.

    Again, I'm surprised you didn't give this more emphasis.

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 7:45 PM, viperciara wrote:

    I agree with Cameron12x's comment above! It sounded like they will not be doing anything in years! They may not be making organs but just the fact they are making tissue is amazing and that big pharms will be buying this is going to make the stock go up!

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 11:28 PM, ScottAtlanta wrote:

    Weren't there "research reports" on the cell phone, the personal computer, etc., etc. that basically concluded..."not much of a need for this stuff....sure perhaps a niche here or there...."

    The initial iterations of new tech are almost always impractical, relatively expensive, and limited in the internet.

    Virtually no one predicts the full potential of a disruptive tech....I think it's practically part of the definition of disruptive tech/ least it should be.

    And...since B. Bos mentioned motivations....would it really be beyond the ethics of JPMorgan to put out a report that downplays a they have more opportunities to buy the tech? I mean, they wouldn't let their relentless pursuit of profit taint their views would they? NO, I'm sure I'm just spinning a white whale of a tail.

  • Report this Comment On September 20, 2013, at 8:17 AM, analyze224 wrote:

    Have there been any truly disruptive technologies, techs that have achieved truly ubiquitous usage and transformed industries and the way of life that 30 years following introduction are nowhere near ubiquity?

  • Report this Comment On September 21, 2013, at 1:13 PM, yogas1 wrote:

    Does anyone know, Where are the original "Blue Paper research reports about the 3-D printing industry" ?

    Can we see them online somewhere?

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:54 PM, TMFBos wrote:

    Sorry about the mistake in the article folks, I made a mistake and somehow said JP Morgan instead of Morgan Stanley. You have to have an account with Morgan Stanley to view the reports.


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