Tuesday, March 10, 2015

3D Printing Industry - How are the two leading 3D equipment manufacturers doing?

This morning, I received an e-mail from one of my reprographics-industry friends, and you’ll see, below, what he said to me:

Hi Joel,

I have a possible blog topic for you to consider.

The dramatic fall in 3-D printing manufacturer share prices is either being missed or intentionally dismissed by those in and around our industry. The drop in share price should be known. How this will shake out is hard to determine.

A podcast I subscribe to, Motley Fool ~ MarketFoolery, in early February featured the subject about the whack 3D print systems are taking in the stock market. It has very good commentary worth listening to as it is impacting our industry.

Based on commentary in this podcast, it seems the biggest 3D print makers have squeezed money out from early adopters and now are falling on their faces trying to sell more units. Bottom line is no one knows where this product is going.

The article below “Reality sets in for 3D printing: The hype is over” is from our local business newspaper yesterday.

Blog Publisher's comment:
Where this comment appears, my friend inserted charts that show the share prices of Stratasys and 3D Systems.  I was unable to copy those charts into this blog-post.  However, if you want to take a look at those charts, go to Google Finance and enter SSYS and DDD.

HP is apparently going to be entering the space as well:

1 comment:

  1. What are the applications for 3D printing in the Repro Industry? Models?
    Why a 3D model when “virtual” tours of projects can be easily shared via the internet? Like anything, there is a market, but I don’t see the boom.
    The only practical and profitable application I can see for 3D is in manufacturing and medicine. And even there it must be better and more efficient than what it replaces.