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Better Buy in 2014: Voxeljet AG (ADR) vs. ExOne Co.

On the surface, ExOne (NASDAQ: XONE  ) and voxeljet (NYSE: VJET  ) are very similar 3-D printing companies. Both compete in the industrial segment, use a similar 3-D printing technology, and boast some of the largest print beds in the world.

Where these two companies differ boils down to the materials they can print with. Voxeljet only offers 3-D printing in two different types of plastic and one type of sand. ExOne, on the other hand, offers 3-D printing in two different types of sand, five types of metals with seven different finishes, and a soda lime glass that's available in three different finishes.

This greater range of materials gives ExOne a competitive advantage over voxeljet, Motley Fool contributor Steve Heller argues. With more materials, ExOne can serve a greater base of customers and has a larger business opportunity than voxeljet. Check out the video below to get the full story.

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  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 10:00 AM, CGMI6 wrote:

    Pump and dump

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 10:59 AM, temenem wrote:

    Not really. There are many reasons why VJET is "better" than XONE or vice versa. These two are more or less the same. You can't long one and short the other. Long both. :-)

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 11:47 AM, deckmaker12 wrote:

    While some of these statements are facts. Explain why DDD is selling VJET printers in a partnership over XONE printers. While VJET is limited in printing its quality is better and DDD does recognize this otherwise why would they sell them on the DDD website. Remember quality is always better than quantity. VJET is a way better long then XONE and many see this they are the central power for 3D printing in Europe and are expanding over here to America this from the CEO. Be weary of the rising German 3D printing company last I checked Germans do created quality and efficient things which DDD knows.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 2:06 PM, TMFTopDown wrote:

    Deckmaker --

    The DDD/VJET relationship could change in the future because VJET is planning on opening its own North American service center, giving it the ability to distribute its own printers and build awareness around its brand. Also, I'm not so sure this existing relationship has been very lucrative, considering that VJET has only sold around 50 printers or so during its entire existence.

    On another note, DDD has VJET printing capabilities as part of its own Quickparts service center:

    Thanks for commenting!

    Steve Heller

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2014, at 4:25 PM, deckmaker12 wrote:


    The only change I see honestly is bought out, By DDD since that's been the game plan since I followed them.

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