Did Stratasys Ltd.'s Miss the Mark With Its All-New MakerBot 3-D Printers Revealed at CES 2014?


Replicator Z18. Image: Makerbot.

The Consumer Electronics Show kicked off yesterday, and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) wasted no time unveiling its three brand-new Makerbot desktop 3-D printers -- the Mini Replicator, Replicator, and Replicator Z18. The new printers are targeted at desktop applications and entry-level users and compete directly with 3D Systems' (NYSE: DDD  ) Cube 3 and Cube Pro. 

Since these printers won't be released for some time, it's hard to judge which companies' printers will perform better in use. In the interim, investors and fans can look at the specification sheets to see how they compare in the box. When comparing the Stratasys and 3D Systems printers, it's readily apparent the Cube printers appear to have an early leg up on the popular Makerbot brand, beating it in a variety of categories from price to print heads.

In the following video, Motley Fool analyst Blake Bos goes over each new Makerbot printer from Stratasys and compares it with the new Cube printers. He then gives investors his thoughts on what these new printers mean to Stratasys, 3D Systems, and the entry-level 3-D printing market. 

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  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 10:08 AM, pawpaw wrote:

    One wonders if now would be a good time to put an option on this since I got it when it was recommended on motley fool for 30$

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 4:13 PM, digitalhack wrote:

    I dumped my stock, I see ruff roads ahead for stratasys.

    This makerbot thing has pissed off stratasys resellers because they just realized Makerbot is selling material for less than $50/kg and the industrial clients are selling the same stuff for $280!

    What a way to loose trust of the dealers and existing customers.

    Also material hacks are soon to be released for these machines so profit is going to be much lower for them in material sales.

    China is joining the 3D printer game full speed so these US makers don't stand a chance.

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