3D Printing Industry Investments Ripe For Investors

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Business, Investing, Startups

3D Printing Industry Investments Ripe For Investors

3D Printing Industry Set to Explode: 3 Promising Picks The 3D Printing industry seems to be on the brink of major transformation, with expanding end markets, influx of players and burgeoning applications for the technology. We believe that as 3D printing begins to permeate across more sectors, the time is ripe for investors to enter the arena and ride the impending wave of growth. READ FULL ARTICLE     “Digital Cobbler” Feetz Walks Off With $1.3 Million for 3-D Printed Shoes Feetz Inc., a Tennessee-based startup that calls itself a “digital cobbler,” as it makes custom footwear with 3-D printers, has raised $1.25 million in seed funding to begin offering its goods to consumers, the company said. READ FULL ARTICLE     Metal 3D Printing Startup MatterFab Raises $5.75 Million From GE Ventures MatterFab wants to change the way metal 3D printing is done by making the process more scalable and affordable. It’s raised $5.75 million in funding to continue to refine its 3D printing technology and get its printers onto the production lines of industrial manufacturers. GE is an interesting investor, considering the manufacturer’s decision to adopt 3D printing for some custom parts was part of the inspiration for MatterFab’s founding. READ FULL...

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Revisiting 3D Printing Investment

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in 3D Printing, Business, Investing

Revisiting 3D Printing Investment

Back in 2013, 3D printing technology created a ton of buzz for the potential impact it could have on our daily lives and future capabilities in a number of industries. As a result, 3D printing stocks shot up, giving a taste of the glory days of emerging technology in the 90’s and 2000’s. This trend didn’t continue into 2014, though, stocks dove as the barrier for entry into the 3D printing business was too high for most people. Fast-forward to today, and you have most leaders of 3D printing business down over two-thirds from then. A New Hope? Now that all the sci-fi dreaming and initial uncertainty about what 3D printing could accomplish has been replaced with real-world progress and increased accessibility, 3D printing companies are able to paint a clearer picture of what types of solutions they can achieve in the near future. We are now seeing the world’s largest industries of medical, energy, agriculture, and defense use this technology on much grander scale. 3D printed tissues and organs are now a reality, custom-fitted medical devices, custom-made engine parts, custom-made replacement parts for large equipment; these are all major resource-saving solutions to businesses involved in 3D printing ventures. According to analytical firm Canalys, the 3D printing market will grow to $16.2 billion by 2018. IDC expects worldwide 3D printer unit sales and installed base to grow at a combined compound annual growth rate of 59% through 2017. These are certainly numbers that would make anyone interested in 3D printing stocks. That’s why 2015 is being pegged as the year of 3D printing investment. The next step in 3D printing investment prospects is getting a piece of the pie by means of acquiring smaller 3D printing companies that can bring big returns for little investment capital. Will 3D Printing Ventures Reinvigorate Interest? If you haven’t been paying attention to the 3D printing industry lately, some multi-national corporations have been throwing huge sums of cash into the pot. Folks like General Electric and Hewlett Packard are really starting to throw their weight around. GE, for example is already expanding their production to include a $32 million dollar 3D printing facility in Pittsburgh, PA. This isn’t just a test plant, either, it will set the precedent for all major competitors in their related industries, like Philips, Sony, Black and Decker, and so-on. Hewlett Packard is reviving their own 3D printing investments by introducing their own 3D printing technology called Multi-Jet Fusion. As you might gather from the name, Hewlett Packard is speeding things up by reducing the price point of 3D printers and increasing the print speed by a factor of 10 times the competitors on the market. This prospect will be huge for grabbing more attention from the average consumer, as we all know, it is much more visually impressive to witness something being printed before your own eyes. For...

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News on HP and the 3D Printing Industry From Market Realist

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Investing

News on HP and the 3D Printing Industry From Market Realist

HP announcement leads to huge volatility for industry players “Despite the gains [in 2013], all the above-mentioned 3D Printing stocks suffered major declines in 2014 too. As of November 2014, 3D Systems and Stratasys stocks were respectively down 58% and 8% year-to-date. The primary reason for this decline is thought to be HP’s announcement that it will target the 3D printing industry for its future growth. According to 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental, HP’s entry into the 3D printing industry is expected to pose significant challenges to existing players in the industry. Wohlers Associates analyst Terry Wohlers expressed optimism about HP’s Multi Fusion Jet technology. He believes that HP’s technology has the potential to throw many other firms “out of business.” HP’s lower costs and faster throughput is expected to make the 3D printing industry more...

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3D Printing Investments in 3D Printing Companies – $10 Million Invested in 3D Printing Firm Ion Core

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Investing, Startups

3D Printing Investments in 3D Printing Companies – $10 Million Invested in 3D Printing Firm Ion Core

UK-based 3D printer manufacturer Ion Core Ltd, the company behind the Zinter PRO 3D Printer, has secured a funding investment of $10 million from Hedge Fund Managers Jonathan Bailey and BJ Eastwood, with the purpose of expanding production and sales throughout Europe and the United States. Ion Core Ltd is a relatively new company that currently sells only the Zinter PRO 3D Printer, which was launched in January 2014. According to Ion Core, the printer will be “a challenge” to MakerBot’s series of printers and 3D Systems’ Cube series. However, it’s $4030 price tag (compared to the approx. $1000 Cube for example) may suggest otherwise. “This investment allows us to really push the boundaries of 3D printing and get ahead of the major competitors,” said Dinan. We already have some amazing new products coming out later this year that will totally change the way people can design and manufacture in their own home.” Print technology: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)/Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Build Volume: 200mm x 200mm x 200mm Filament Diameter: 1.75mm Number of Extruders: 2 Print Materials: ABS, PLA, Nylon, PVA, PC Software compatibility: Windows XP or greater, Mac OS X 10.6 or greater, Ubuntu Linux 12.10 or greater Connectivity: Standalone SD card and USB cable Summary The majority of specifications seem relatively similar if not slightly better than similar desktop printers on the market. However, there are existing comparable printers that use the higher quality SLA print technology and are also priced less. The M-One for example, which recently launched on Kickstarter, sold to its first ten backers for just $1699. Compare this with Amazon’s Best Selling 3D...

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3D Printing Investments – Google, Autodesk & GE Investing in Technology, Printers, Software and Start Ups

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Investments – Google, Autodesk & GE Investing in Technology, Printers, Software and Start Ups

Google Google has already shown a great deal of interest in 3D printing. In fact they are working on what could be a multi-billion dollar project, with 3D Systems on “project Ara”. It is unknown what, if anything, Google has contributed to the development of the new technology that is coming, but if Project Ara is a success, we could see Google begin spending heavily on R&D related to mass production 3D printing. This wasn’t Google’s only foray into getting involved with 3D printing. In fact, just a couple weeks ago, Google announced that they had partnered with 3D printing service provider Shapeways to print free bracelets out for young women, in their initiative to get more school-aged girls interested in coding. Google has billions of dollars in cash, and isn’t afraid to spend it like some other companies. What may be the entire annual revenue stream of a company like 3D Systems, is pocket change for Google. They could pump $1 billion into 3D printing R&D and shareholders would barely notice the money missing. General Electric GE has known for years that 3D printing would play a part in manufacturing in the coming years. The company is already spending decent money on additive manufacturing, but as they begin seeing a point where 3D printing’s benefits are greater than that of traditional manufacturing, they will begin ramping up their R&D budget. Just as with Google, GE could drop a billion dollars a year into R&D and very few would notice. For a company as large as General Electric, in house, company developed, 3D printers may work best, as they need specialized parts made to cater to their specific needs; parts which currently may not be able to be produced with machines on the market today. As GE begins investing heavily into the technology, this will spur on comparable investments from competing corporations among a variety of industries. AutoDesk The significance of Autodesk is the fact that they are currently the largest company in the United States, and perhaps even the world that is producing a 3D printer. Earlier this year the company, known for their CAD software, unveiled details on their upcoming SLA 3D printer, aimed towards consumers and small businesses. Why this matters, is that overnight the large 3D printing companies like 3D Systems and Stratasys, suddenly found themselves competing with a company more than twice as large as them. This will do two things in helping to spur on R&D into the space. First, the long time players in the field, such as Stratasys and 3D Systems, will now feel that they need to up their research budgets, and second, if it’s a success, Autodesk’s maneuver will prove to other large companies like the Apples, IBMs, Googles and Microsofts of the world, that maybe it is time for them to consider entering the consumer side of things....

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3D Printing Firms Stratysys vs HP – Which 3D Printing Stock is the Long Term Stock Buy?

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in 3D Printing, Investing, Manufacturing

3D Printing Firms Stratysys vs HP – Which 3D Printing Stock is the Long Term Stock Buy?

Strategic moves Its new releases like the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer have not only strengthened its product line, but also hopes and expectation in the Multi-Material 3D Printing business that will fetch comprehensively better results for the company in the coming quarters. Stratasys, hence, expects the printer’s triple jet technology, which allows users to combine color with a virtually unlimited combination of rigidity, flexibility, and transparency, to attract more users. In addition, the company is coming up with new apps for the MakerBot replicator platform with unmatched speed, reliability, quality, and connectivity that will certainly increase its market share in the 3D printing business. Moreover, its technology is very user friendly and easy-to-use, and offers reliable desktop 3D printing platforms with its new apps and focuses to cover the full range of consumer, prosumer, and professional users. Additionally to supplement growth in its product line, it has recently announced new PolyJet material for the Connex platforms, including Digital ABS2, which creates realistic, precise prototypes that are heat-resistant. The company anticipates better results from its new Connex3 Color 3D Printer that is combined with the three new color-enabling materials. Moreover, its strategy to expand its business overseas in regions such as Singapore, Japan, and China looks lucrative. Also, Stratasys is looking for a solid start with its recently established and fully-owned subsidiary in Korea. In addition, Stratasys has also entered into a distribution agreement with Dell to provide MakerBot Replicator 3D printers bundled with Dell Precision Workstations for small and medium-sized businesses. This will definitely enhance the reach of Stratasys’ printers going forward. Further, it’s very interesting to notice that Stratasys is seeing growth opportunities in the dental and medical fields as well, and to tap that market, it has announced the Objet Eden 260V Dental Advantage 3D printer and VeroGlaze dental material for Objet Eden V and OrthoDesk printers. Overall, the company has performed significantly well and I think it will continue to perform well on the back of strategic investments in R&D investments, expansion plans, and entry into new market segments. HP’s move But, investors must keep an eye on HP’s move into the 3D printing market as it sees strong growth opportunity here. Also, HP’s management is of the opinion that worldwide sales of 3D printers and related software and services will grow at a terrific pace to hit $11 billion by 2021. This will be a solid jump from just $2.2 billion two years ago. Also, according to Reuters, HP CEO Meg Whitman believes that “HP’s in-house researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products.” Therefore, Stratasys has to accelerate its business and ensure that its 3D printing offerings are cutting...

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