Thursday, December 13, 2012

3D Printing Companies Can Print Human Cartilage, James Bond Cars, and Cash

We have featured a series of articles on the 3D printing business, and every month, there seems to be a new and different object that can now be printed. Scientists are now using 3D printers to print human cartilage used for implants. Special effects filmmakers printed James Bond's Aston Martin. What else do 3D printing companies print? How about money?

Just check out 3D Systems Corporation (DDD), which reported an 87.2% jump in earnings on a 57.3% boost in sales for the quarter ending November 30. This is just one of several 3D companies on the free list at 3D Systems is a Rock Hill, South Carolina based company, founded in 1986, which produces 3D printers and related products. The stock trades at 68 times current earnings and 29 times forward earnings. The company has $183.93 million in cash and $131.21 million in debt.

Another 3D hardware company is Stratasys (SSYS), which produces three-dimensional printers, rapid prototyping systems, and related consumable materials. This Minnesota based company was founded in 1989. Although the latest quarterly earnings fell by 11.5%, revenues rose by 24.5%. This company has the advantage of being debt free with $51.8 million in cash. The stock trades at 83 times trailing earnings and 38 times forward earnings.

In regards to 3D software, there is Autodesk (ADSK), which makes 3D software for many different industries, including entertainment, architecture, and manufacturing. The stock trades at 32 times trailing earnings and a forward price to earnings ratio of 16. Earnings for the latest reported quarter were down 60% on flat revenues. The company has $110 million in debt, and has $1.33 billion dollars in the bank, amounting to 5.92 per share in cash.

For a free list of the companies involved in 3D printing, which can be downloaded, sorted, and updated, go to

Disclosure: Author owns ADSK and DDD.


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