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 $1.2 billion
Industry Computer hardware
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $230.4 million
Management CEO Abraham Reichental
Founder/Chief Technology Officer Dr. Charles Hull
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 11.9%
Cash/Debt $179.1 million / $138.9 million
Competitors Dassault Systemes
Delcam
Stratasys

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 450 members who have rated 3D Systems believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, TwoPointOh, tapped the stock as a particularly potent growth pick:

[3D Systems] is the leader in providing a disruptive technology in the field of manufacturing. Their near-term niche is providing a new and improved method of manufacturing proto-types, but as the cost of 3D printing decreases they offer a production method which can produce items impossible to produce previously and the ultimate in customization. Look for this technology to become the standard for producing prosthetics and medical implants.

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