Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, three-dimensional printer maker 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3D Systems' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3D Systems facts

Headquarters (Founded) Rock Hill, S.C. (1986)
Market Cap $2.0 billion
Industry Computer hardware
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $288.9 million
Management CEO Abraham Reichental
Founder/Chief Technology Officer Dr. Charles Hull
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 13.2%
Cash/Debt $158.5 million / $140.5 million
Competitors Dassault Systemes
Delcam
Stratasys

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,161 members who have rated 3D Systems believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, Motleyholic, tapped 3D Systems as a particularly potent growth opportunity:

This new technology has unlimited potential to change the way we design, manufacture, transport and buy things. My prediction is that within the next decade these machines will be selling in retail outlets and will be as common as a paper printer. In the next 50 years this could be the force that develops cellular transportation -- print me up, Scottie!

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