Checking in on the Industrial 3-D Printing Market

Although the consumer 3-D printing segment attracts the most media attention, the industrial and professional 3-D printing segments are where 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) generate the majority of their revenues. From an investment perspective, the industrial segment is particularly exciting because large-scale manufacturers have begun taking a greater interest in how 3-D printing can benefit their operations. 3D Systems' direct manufacturing line of 3-D printers and Stratasys' recent Solid Concepts acquisition, which specializes in direct manufacturing applications, both are positioned to benefit from increased industrial interest.

However, before 3-D printing can revolutionize manufacturing as the world knows it, the 3-D printing companies will have to overcome several challenges. For manufacturers wanting to bring 3-D printing in-house, organizational readiness will play a huge factor in determining adoption rates. Many manufacturing organizations simply don't today have the in-house expertise to implement 3-D printing within their operations. As a result, these organizations have been turning to Stratasys and 3D Systems for help in figuring out which products and services are best suited for their needs.

In the following video, 3-D printing specialist Steve Heller and industrials analyst Blake Bos check in on the industrial 3-D printing segment. 3D Systems and Stratasys investors should temper their expectations around the impact that the industrial segment will have on their businesses in the short term, and instead focus on the long-term potential that the industrial 3-D printing market may offer. As far as which company is better positioned for greater industrial interest, 3D Systems' line of direct manufacturing printers could ultimately stand to benefit more than Stratasys' recent move into 3-D printing manufacturing services.

One must-own stock
Give me five minutes and I'll show how you could own the best stock for 2014. Every year, The Motley Fool's chief investment officer hand-picks 1 stock with outstanding potential. But it's not just any run-of-the-mill company. It's a stock perfectly positioned to cash in on one of the upcoming year's most lucrative trends. Last year his pick skyrocketed 134%. And previous top picks have gained upwards of 908%, 1,252% and 1,303% over the subsequent years! Believe me, you don't want to miss what could be his biggest winner yet! Just click here to download your free copy of "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014" today.

Read/Post Comments (1) | Recommend This Article (0)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Add your comment.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2944020, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 9/5/2015 4:06:47 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Steve Heller

Covering 3-D printing at the intersection of business, investing, and what it means for the future of manufacturing. Follow me on Twitter to keep up with the ever-changing 3-D printing landscape by clicking the button below.

Today's Market

updated 6 hours ago Sponsored by:
DOW 16,102.38 -272.38 -1.66%
S&P 500 1,921.22 -29.91 -1.53%
NASD 4,683.92 -49.58 -1.05%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

9/4/2015 4:00 PM
DDD $12.72 Down -0.31 -2.38%
3D Systems CAPS Rating: ****
SSYS $28.39 Down -0.53 -1.83%
Stratasys CAPS Rating: ****