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What: Shares of 3-D printing technologist Stratasys
So what: This morning's first-quarter report showed surprisingly strong sales and earnings, and the next-quarter revenue outlook also runs ahead of analyst expectations. This is seen as a good sign for the 3-D printing industry in general; archrival 3D Systems
Now what: Stratasys delivered record sales in a seasonally weak quarter, just like it did in the fourth quarter three months ago. Dividing $40 million in sales by 600 units sold, you'd get an estimated unit cost of a whopping $66,000. If and when that cost moves down to more consumer-friendly levels, 3-D printing plus the real-world ray-tracing capabilities of the Microsoft
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