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Why There's a Huge Opportunity in Metal 3-D Printing

According to 3-D printing service bureau Incodema Group, there's currently a tremendous gap in the metal printing market because General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) acquired 3-D metal printing expert Morris Technologies. Incodema Group estimates this acquisition took approximately 50% of the metal 3-D printers related to providing 3-D printing services off the market.

With over 20 years of additive manufacturing experience, Incodema has formed a new company that plans on acquiring more than 100 industrial 3-D printers to fill the void -- half of which will be metal. This creates a unique opportunity for Arcam (NASDAQOTH: AMAVF  ) and ExOne (NASDAQ: XONE  ) , which both offer 3-D metal printers. Of the two, Arcam seems in the best position to benefit from the current aviation boom because its electron beam melting technology can handle more complicated designs compared to ExOne's binder jetting technology.

In the following video, 3-D printing analyst Steve Heller sits down with the head of Motley Fool's industrials bureau, Blake Bos, to discuss this opportunity and what it could mean for Arcam and ExOne. (The relevant segment can be found between 2:24 and 5:31.)

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  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 12:23 PM, scjanson wrote:

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  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 8:28 AM, dou89 wrote:

    I have AMAVF

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 8:29 AM, Dawgpac wrote:

    The ability to print metal, layering unique structures within i.e. honeycomb, making the metal both stronger and lighter was a game changer. With 1500 airframe brackets alone in a large jetliner, it's no wonder that Arcam is turning heads in the aviation industry. Arcam's announcement that the results of the FastEBM project will make their way into it's next generation designs bodes well for their future.

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 8:29 AM, dou89 wrote:

    I have AMAVF

  • Report this Comment On February 11, 2014, at 12:54 PM, jointsrme wrote:

    Not just aerospace industry, they are a game changer in the orthopedic implant industry. This ride has only begun.

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