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These Are the Days of Disillusionment in 3D Printing – Motley Fool

by • January 26, 2016 • No Comments

We’re now two years into what can only be called a nightmare period for investors in the 3D printing industry. After flirting with a $10 billion market cap, 3D Systems(NYSE:DDD) is now a $700 million tiny cap. Stratasys(NASDAQ:SSYS) suffered similarly, as both industry leaders have lost around 90% in share value.
It’s as if a child pointed out which the 3D emperor has no clothes and is unable to print his own. But is the selling overdone?
It was with this question which I rolled into this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, ready for my annual meet-up with the knowledgeable folks at TCT Magazine who have been covering 3D printing for only of a quarter century. Group Editor Daniel O’Connor says the industry is in fact in a great place. He acknowledges which a few segments of 3D printing are in the “Trough of Disillusionment” phase of the Gartner Hype Cycle but ponders a few of the beaten-down companies are due for a rebound. See the full story at a lower place (a transcript follows the video).

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Rex Moore: Stock prices may have continued their slide over the past year, but the 3D printing industry high end actually additional — with big players like Canon, Ricoh, and Toshiba revealing their entrance into the market. And one of the many significant technological advancements is speed, as consumer printing devices especially are much faster than their predecessors.
What is additional, actually yet 3D Systems and Stratasys have struggled, not all companies have disappointed with their financial results.
Daniel O’Connor: Actually companies like Lulzbot and the tinyer companies, the start-ups, have been posting a few quite astounding financial results. I ponder the consumer side’s staying on track … but what I ponder personally is we’re starting to see folks quite use the 3D printing devices, know what they’d use them for. We’re not only printing knick-knacks and things like which now, we’re printing parts, spare parts, for things around the home. To be honest which’s where I see a massive chunk of consumer 3D printing, in the DIY space.
Moore: So, does a so-called trough of disillusionment indicate which a rebound is coming any time soon?
O’Connor: I mean the hype was so big of 3D printing which it couldn’t fail to disappoint a few folks — we’ll have a 3D printing device in each home dream and all of which stuff, but what we’re seeing now is folks via the printing devices properly, and I ponder via them for great means. One of my favourite examples is if you take a appear at the e-NABLE community and how which’s grown. Which is prosthetic hands for children, folks printing them on the fly. That community’s quite grown. I was lucky adequate to go to a manufacturer actuallyt and see a child who is benefiting of which massively. He couldn’t afford to get a prosthetic and he’d outgrow it, so they printed him one, and he’s loving life now. Catching balls!
Moore: As far as the public companies in the sector, O’Connor says it can be a great time for investors to consider getting back in.
O’Connor: A lot of the largest company’s shares have dropped massively, but I ponder they’ll go back up. They can not reach the peaks of $90 like 3D Systems did two years ago, but they’re so low now. And folks are via the innovation, and they are building sales. Stratasys has created massive strides in the past year. They’ve improved MakerBot and all of its innovation, so I ponder which we’re at a point now where it may manufacture sense to invest.
Moore: With the latest on 3D printing at CES in Las Vegas, I’m Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore.

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