The consumer 3-D printing market is set to be one of the fastest-growing areas in the industry, and heavyweights Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS ) and 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) are attacking it full bore. Rapidly growing markets bring new participants, and investors should keep an eye on start-up Form Labs and its new Form 1 personal 3-D printer.
This new printer from Form Labs competes directly with the Cube X from 3D Systems and the MakerBot Replicator 2X from Stratasys. Consumer printing is about the only thing that Form 1 has in common with the industry heavyweights, though. While the Cube X and Replicator 2X extrude molten plastic to print objects, the Form 1 uses lasers to cure a liquid vat of resin. This gives the printer several advantages and disadvantages over its competitors.
In the video below, Motley Fool analyst Blake Bos covers all these topics and more as he discusses how the Form 1 stacks up against the competition, and ponders whether Stratasys and 3D Systems should be worried about this new competitor.
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