Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, 3-D printing and production technologist Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Stratasys facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Eden Prairie, Minn. (1989)

Market Cap

$686 million


Computer hardware

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$128.4 million


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Scott Crump

CFO Robert Gallagher

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$44.4 million / $0

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 380 members who have rated Stratasys believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include anthan and All-Star TMFSamstevens, who is ranked in the top 20% of our community.

A couple of months ago, anthan tapped Stratasys as a solid growth opportunity: "Rapid prototyping will help a large variety of businesses. Plus I have a feeling they'll be coming out with a commercial 3-D printer that will be affordable for small businesses."

Over the next five years, in fact, Stratasys is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 22.5% annually. That's faster than more conventional printer plays like Canon (NYSE: CAJ) (2.8%), Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) (6%), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) (9.2%).

CAPS All-Star TMFSamstevens expands on the Stratasys outperform argument:

3-D printing technology is really just getting off the ground, and we as a society don't have the slightest idea what it could be capable of in the future. Don't look at the P/E with this company, that's stupid. In fact, all the traditional metrics except maybe growth rate are gonna look stupid. This is a company with no debt and technology with limitless potential. Even if there's a decent chance this one's quite overvalued at the moment, I think it's worth buying now, after the recent drop in prices, as this is potentially a game-changer and I wouldn't want to miss out on the opportunity to buy.

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