MakerBot, a subsidiary of
), will now offer six new MakerBot colors, which takes the total
to 23 PLA Filament colors. The new PLA Filament colors are
available from Dec 17, in the MakerBot retail stores situated in
New York, Boston and Greenwich.
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The new colors are True Green, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Neon
Orange, Sparkly Dark Blue and Sparkly Dark Black. The use of this
wide variety of colored filaments makes the product design more
attractive to users, so the launch may be considered very timely
(to enable 3D printing of gifts for the holiday season).
Moreover, the MakerBot PLA Filament is a safe and reliable
filament for MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers.
According to a survey by Wohlers Associates, the sale of
3D-printing products and services will reach $6 billion worldwide
by 2017 and $10.8 billion by 2021. The research firm expects this
industry to continue to show double-digit growth over the next
few years. Thus, the development of its 3D printing application
is expected to position Stratasys for growth in the 3D printing
Over the years, Stratasys' additive manufacturing solutions have
been used by companies in the automotive, aerospace, defense,
electronics, consumer goods, education and other sectors to
improve product designs. Stratasys is also working with the U.S.
Department of Energy to develop AM processes to aid in
Recently, Stratasys stated that additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D
printing will strengthen manufacturing competitiveness by
increasing supply chain efficiencies. Additionally, Stratasys and
the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) also agreed on
the point that additive manufacturing will benefit from the
current economic condition.
) decision to quit the market has made the 3D printing business
less competitive for Stratasys.
However, Stratasys is concerned about its high-cost business
model and competition from big and small players like
3D Systems Corp.
). Nonetheless, the acquisition of MakerBot is expected to
improve the growth of its 3D systems business.
The company has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). A better ranked stock in
the technology sector is
Micron Technology Inc.
), which has a Zacks Rank #1 ( Strong Buy).