3-D Printing 101: 2 Areas Where 3-D Printing Dominates Traditional Manufacturing

Although we're many years away from 3-D printing competing against large-scale traditional manufacturing, 3-D printing still has an edge over traditional manufacturing in terms of complexity and customization. Because no tooling is required, 3-D printing excels at creating highly complicated objects, which would be otherwise impossible to manufacture with traditional processes. In addition, this characteristic also allows for custom-tailored solutions to be made more affordable than traditional manufacturing.

As a result, the two companies in the best position to benefit from the rise of 3-D printing are 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) . 3D Systems is the most diversified 3-D printing company around, offering a broad exposure to the 3-D printing market. Recently, 3D Systems helped develop the world's first hybrid robotic 3-D printed exoskeleton, which allowed a paralyzed woman to walk again after more than 20 years of being confined to a wheelchair.

With Stratasys, investors get a more conservative management company that's focused primarily on the prototyping market. Stratasys offers some of the most advanced prototyping 3-D printers on the market, which positions it well for when more businesses want to invest in 3-D printing as a way to save time and money during the design process.

In the following video, 3-D printing analyst Steve Heller goes into more detail about where 3-D printing is superior to traditional manufacturing.

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  • Report this Comment On March 03, 2014, at 9:01 PM, ClowishJape wrote:

    So there's this German 3D print company called EXone (XONE) that's been in the business for a couple of years.

    Just went public a little while ago without a word.

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