Shocker: 3-D Printing Stocks Are Not Recession Proof

Industry watchdog Wohlers associates believes the 3-D printing industry will grow from a $2.2 billion industry in 2012 to eventually become a $10.8 billion industry by the end of 2021. While this certainly sets the bar high for 3-D printing stocks, the threat of a recession or period of economic uncertainty would easily derail this expectation and investors would likely face losses.

Pure-play 3-D printing companies like 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) , Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) , voxeljet (NYSE: VJET  ) , and ExOne (NASDAQ: XONE  ) all operate with very transactional business models, meaning they only receive business when their customers have business themselves. During periods of economic uncertainly, it's also conceivable that its customers would cut budgets related to costly 3-D printing projects.

In the following video, 3-D printing analyst Steve Heller sat down with the head of Motley Fool's industrials sector, Blake Bos, to discuss why 3-D printing stocks are not recession proof. (The relevant segment can be found between 10:15 and 11:47.)

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  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 5:19 PM, wildeweasel wrote:

    Wait! So let me get this straight, you're saying that if people stop buying stuff the manufacturers will stop buying the things that make the stuff that people are not buying and this could affect the profits of the company that makes the things that make the stuff that people people are not longer buying. Whoa, Mind=blown. You should write an article on how if you spend your money how you won't have money to spend on things you could have bought if you still had money.

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 10:06 PM, AgeOfRobots wrote:

    ^ LMAO!

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