Established players in the 3D printing market like
) may expect increased competition from Voxeljet. The German 3D
printing company filed for an initial public offering (IPO) with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Reportedly,
the company is expected to raise approximately $100 million from
Although Voxeljet is relatively smaller than its
publicly-traded peers (Stratasys and 3D Systems) with revenues of
$11 million, its portfolio boasts 170 U.S. and international
patents and applications. Moreover, its clientele includes the
), BMW, Daimler and
The 3D printing market presents a favorable long-term
opportunity. According to the 2013 study by Wohlers Associates in
3dprintingindustry.com, 3D printing is expected to become a
viable alternative across several market segments. The research
firm expects this industry to continue to show double-digit
growth over the next few years.
Thus, Wohlers Associates believes that the sale of 3D-printing
products and services will reach $6 billion worldwide by 2017.
The industry is expected to touch $10.8 billion in revenues by
The initial years were tough for the industry as it took 20
years to reach the $1 billion mark. However, the industry touched
the $2.0 billion mark In the next five years. It is expected to
double again and reach $4 billion by 2015.
We believe that Stratasys and 3D Systems are well equipped to
continue on the growth path due to the strong growth prospects in
Separately, Stratasys' shares have enjoyed an outstanding run
with returns of 66.4%, while 3D Systems' shares have increased a
stupendous 119.2% over the past year. We believe that the recent
capital infusion through Stratasys' public offering is a sign
that investors are also bullish on the future prospects of the
3D-printing industry as well as the company.
Currently, Stratasys carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), while 3D
Systems has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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