3D Systems' Latest Cube 3 and CubePro Printers Ready for Sale - Analyst Blog

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3D Systems Corp. ( DDD ), a leading company in the 3D printing industry, had recently unveiled a couple of its innovative products - Cube 3 and CubePro 3D printers. The two printers, now available for pre order, are scheduled to be available in the markets from the latter half of Jun 2014.

Cube 3 and CubePro 3D printers are designed to give a new dimension to the 3D printing industry, equipped with a variety of innovative features. These printers come with the technology to use multi-color, multi-materials simultaneously for printing and that too with a range of design tools that further simplifies the task. These design tools are available on the company's commercial website cubify.com, which is taking pre-orders for the printers.

The printers claim to have a high resolution with 70 micron layers thinness and reduced print timings. Further, the users can avail the print-on-the-go feature via the Cubify mobile app that can be installed on a smartphone or a tablet.

These easy to use printers are not only for experts or professionals like engineers or designers but can also be used by kids or hobbyists. Cube 3 meets the IEC 60950 Printer Safety Requirements that makes it the first 3D printer to be certified safe for kids.

Cube 3: This dual material printer comes with two cartridges in neon green and white and as many as 25 designs as a part of its starter kit.  Apart from being child-safe, this printer is economical and user-friendly, given its plug-and-play feature. Further, this printer possesses a new technology that allows the user to load new material instead of changing the cartridge every time. The cartridges are also designed to be long-lasting with improved print quality. Also, the printer has several automated settings to support the material change swiftly and with convenience. The printer comes with a speedy Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, an auto-leveling print pad along with additional support for complex prints.

CubePro: This printer is more professional having a high level of precision combined with several additional options including the facility of a controlled process environment. CubePro can use three color cartridges simultaneously. Further, the printer is designed to use the engineering grade nylon material as well, along with the conventional ABS and PLA plastics for printing. Apart from the standard connectivity options, CubePro has a color touch screen display to enhance user experience. This printer also boasts a proprietary print pad that makes it more power-efficient compared to its other counterparts.

3D Systems is also focused on maintaining the environmental sustainability and therefore the company takes the responsibility of recycling or composting the used prints and cartridges. Users get the incentive of discounts on new cartridges in the exchange of old ones.

Given the rapid adoption of 3D printing technology across various industries, technology and solutions are witnessing high demand from broad-end users. The increasing demand for 3D printing technology is also supported by IDC's growth estimates for the worldwide 3D printer market. The research firm expects 3D printing revenues and units to grow at a CAGR of 29% and 59%, respectively, for the 2012-2017 period.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock expects this portfolio of new and innovative products to facilitative more than 30% organic growth in the next couple of years, thereby enhancing its margins and earnings.

3D Systems is aggressively investing in R&D to maintain its premier place in the 3D printing industry. However, it is facing stiff competition from other 3D printing peers such as Stratasys Ltd. ( SSYS ), The ExOne Company ( XONE ) and Voxeljet AG ( VJET ).


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