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Forget 3D Systems Corporation and Stratasys, Ltd.: This Is the 3-D Printing Company I Just Bought

The current year has not been a kind one for investors in 3-D printing companies. In fact, shares of the two largest players in the field, 3D Systems  (NYSE: DDD  ) and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) , were down 50% and 30%, respectively, by the start of this week.

Does that mean you should go out and buy these stocks? Maybe, but it depends on how you're trying to build your portfolio. Motley Fool contributor Brian Stoffel, for instance, is busy building out a basket of 3-D printing stocks for his portfolio, but won't be buying shares of either of these industry leaders.  

He already owns shares of both 3D Systems and Stratasys, but watch the video below to see why he's looking elsewhere right now, and find out what 3-D printing company he just put his own money behind.

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  • Report this Comment On April 18, 2014, at 1:45 PM, chris293 wrote:

    Here's where on the job training comes in. Planning and training are necessary for any new production or business system. Leading edge companies like SSYS and DDD with their competitors may fight for market share now but the TMF's recommendations help me stay ahead of the game. Thanks.

  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2014, at 1:42 AM, SELLmtg wrote:

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  • Report this Comment On April 21, 2014, at 8:14 AM, RevRoySmalley wrote:

    thanks brian ... very helpful, i've been waiting to get some clarity around this industry.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2014, at 6:24 PM, IlluminatInvest wrote:

    "Brian Stoffel owns shares of 3D Systems, Organovo, ExOne, and Stratasys."

    Yikes, hopefully that's because you believe in the overall theme of 3D printing and want to diversify your exposure to it, rather than buying large quantities of any one or all of them.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2014, at 6:30 PM, jpill23 wrote:


  • Report this Comment On April 24, 2014, at 9:56 AM, TMFCheesehead wrote:


    As I said in the video, that's exactly what I'm doing.


    Brian Stoffel

  • Report this Comment On April 24, 2014, at 12:19 PM, TangoXray7 wrote:

    Brian -

    I don't understand ExOne's reasoning from your presentation. It seems to me that if foundries saw this technology as sincere and viable competition for their existing methods they would embrace it as an opportunity to either increase margins or cut prices, thereby either making them more competitive or more profitable.

    Selling this tech to their customers directly instead seems to be a much more difficult proposition since traditionally their customers outsource this function.

    Perhaps you can explain where this seemingly obvious analysis is incorrect?

  • Report this Comment On April 24, 2014, at 3:02 PM, TMFCheesehead wrote:


    Instead of trying to explain it all in the comments section here, I'll point you towards a great piece done by my Foolish colleague Steve Heller:


    Brian Stoffel

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