Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) is the second-largest player in the explosive 3-D printing market, a market that is not uniform in its approach. Stratasys has made incredible progress in the consumer market, building the largest installed base of 3-D printers in the world. At the same time, Stratasys has let its competitors surpass it in fields like advanced manufacturing and printing with metal.

To deliver on its market advantage, Stratasys either has to rack up bigger profit margins on its consumer products, or use its strong position to expand faster into advanced manufacturing. To discuss the opportunities and risks of its current business model, Motley Fool contributor Daniel Ferry will break down Stratasys' third-quarter-earnings report.