As stock market behavior is cyclical and major market downturns historically happen relatively frequently, most investors will need to be prepared for a significant market crash sometime in their investing lives. During the bad times, however, some stocks take a harder hit than others.

In this video, Motley Fool industrials analyst Blake Bos takes a look at the world of 3-D printing, and discusses what happened to shares of 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) during the 2008 market crash. While Blake shows just how negatively another recession could affect 3D Systems' revenue, due to its printers being very large purchases for most businesses, he also shows that the panicked overselling that occurred during the recent crash made an excellent buying opportunity for investors.

How 3D printing is changing the manufacturing landscape for good.
For the first time since the early days of this country, we're in a position to dominate the global manufacturing landscape thanks to a single, revolutionary technology: 3D printing. Although this sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, the success of 3D printing is already a foregone conclusion to many manufacturers around the world. The trick now is to identify the companies -- and thereby the stocks -- that will prevail in the battle for market share. To see the three companies that are currently positioned to do so, simply download our invaluable free report on the topic by clicking here now.

Blake Bos has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends 3D Systems. The Motley Fool owns shares of 3D Systems. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.