3D Printing Mutual Fund – Will This Ease Investment in 3D Printing Firms?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Mutual Fund – Will This Ease Investment in 3D Printing Firms?

The 3D Printing and Technology Fund initially will be comprised of global, pure-play 3D printing companies that “develop, distribute or utilize 3D printing equipment and materials” for a variety of applications. The initial offering is limited to a single class under the ticker symbol TDPIX, and a minimum initial investment of $2,500 is required. There is no minimum on subsequent investments. The fund’s adviser uses a “‘top down’ approach to create a universe of securities” for investment and a “bottom up” approach to create the fund’s investment portfolio. Likely inclusions are 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), the two largest 3D printing companies by market cap. The fund’s expense limitation is set at...

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3D Printing Investments – What Were the Biggest Hits at the Consumer Electronics Show?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Investments – What Were the Biggest Hits at the Consumer Electronics Show?

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was by far the biggest exhibition in history for 3-D printing. There were dozens of companies present, along with industry leaders Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS ) and 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) . With so many exhibits and announcements pouring out of the show, it can be difficult for the casual observer to pick up on events that could affect the future of 3-D printing. And here are five key areas investors and 3-D-printing fans should focus on. Sheer size: CES 2014 featured more than 27 different 3-D printing exhibits. 1) Falling prices: We saw professional printers below $5,000 and sub-$1,000 entry-level printers. Price points are down. Anyone can be in the 3D Printing Market 2) Stratasys’ Makerbot pricing: Will Makerbot’s new printers sell at the high price points? 3) 3D Systems’ new products: We saw a dozen new announcements from the industry leader. 4) SLA desktop printers: The all-new stereolithography at-home printers arrived. 5) In the following video, Blake covers these five areas in detail and lets 3-D printing fans and investors know what they should watch going...

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Obama and 3D Printing – Will 3D Printing Companies Save US Manufacturing?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Financing

Obama and 3D Printing – Will 3D Printing Companies Save US Manufacturing?

Obama bets on 3-D printers, public-private ventures in bid to revive U.S. manufacturing YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Working in manufacturing can be dangerous and dull. But you would never know that from the excited, smiling faces of children watching a laser beam slowly melt layer upon layer of plastic sand. The 3-D printer could have been producing a cheap, specialized component for a wind turbine or electric vehicle. Helping children experience 3-D printing is exciting, Gorham said, and is similar to NAMII’s larger mission to increase U.S. experience and knowledge in 3-D printing. The application of information technology to improve the business of making things, such as 3-D printing, is known as “advanced manufacturing,” and experts say it is sparking a “third industrial revolution.” The White House and stakeholders are banking on success in advanced manufacturing to revive U.S. manufacturing and to forge ahead in dynamic industries like clean energy. It will also make manufacturing more environmentally sustainable, lowering energy and material consumption, they say. The institutes are not meant to be research laboratories, but they “create space” to convene top talent from universities, large to small companies and government to test and gather data for promising new processes, technologies and materials to make it easier for companies to work with them, Molnar explained. “What is critical for industry using a new material or a new technology is ‘de-risking’ it,” he said. NNMI was the No. 1 recommendation from a 2012 report by the nation’s leading CEOs and universities, including Ford Motor Co., Dow Chemical Co., Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gathered by Obama to identify ways to elevate American competitiveness in manufacturing. In this year’s State of the Union address, the president asked for $1 billion over 10 years for 15 NNMI institutes. Last month, Obama upped the ante in a speech on the middle class, saying that the aim should be 45 in total. Congress has yet to fund all of NNMI, but the administration has already moved to set up the first three institutes. They have a federal funding commitment of $200 million over five years drawn from five agencies under existing budget authority, to be awarded by the end of the year, according to the White House. Federal funds would be at least matched from the private-sector consortium awarded any project. The fact that the departments of Defense, Energy and Commerce; NASA; and the National Science Foundation have found the money to fund NNMI in this tight budget environment shows how important this initiative is across the administration, Molnar said. Despite the White House emphasis, however, outside focus on the institutes has been minimal compared with other efforts to support manufacturing, such as the push to revamp the tax structure — which stakeholders agree has more near-term impact — or tax incentives, especially for renewable energy. The various 3D Printing Videos shown on...

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3D Printing Financing – Business Model for 3D Printers

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Financing

3D Printing Financing – Business Model for 3D Printers

The issue of IP and 3D printing materials derives from the economics of the industry. At present, the current business model of the dominant 3D manufacturers appears to be a version of the model that has characterized the 2D printing industry. Thus a 3D manufacturer can sell any given device only once but, in order for the customer to make use of the machine, he must also purchase the material that enables additive manufacture to take place. The sale of the material portion of the 3D printing process is therefore a critical source of recurring...

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3D Printing M&A Deals – More Aquisitions in 3D Printing Space

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Financing, M&A

3D Printing M&A Deals – More Aquisitions in 3D Printing Space

While venture capital activity into the 3D printing category is still in its early stages (only $11M invested across 4 deals in Q1’13), we identified ten start-ups ranging from Red Dot Ventures-backed 3D printer maker Pirate3DP to 3D scanning company Matterport, infused with a $6M Series A investment in March from investors including Greylock Partners and Qualcomm Ventures that may eventually fall into 3D Systems’ eventual acquisition path. According to the 3D Printing Trade Associations, this will only increase. William Dante of the Association of 3d Printing says: “In 2014 Look for a 10 fold increase in 3D Printing Company Purchases, either in whole or in the stock...

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