It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREEBusiness Section: Investment Ideas As the capabilities of 3D printing become realized, the freedom the industry enjoys could be curtailed to a degree. Any prohibitive legislation could certainly have an effect on the bottom lines of the companies that specialize in 3D printers and design. Because of this they are certainly worth keeping an eye on.
We have assembled a list of the leading 3D printing firms to help you start your research. Access a performance overview and free research tools for all stocks in the list, log in to start a practice portfolio to test your investing ideas.1. 3D Systems Corp. ( DDD): Engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of 3D printers and related products, print materials, and services. Market cap at $3.57B. 3-D Systems(DDD) aims to put a 3-D printer on every desk. Their customers range from habbiest to small business owners and manufacturing giants.
2. Stratasys Inc. ( SSYS): Engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of three dimensional (3D) printing, rapid prototyping (RP), and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) systems primarily in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Market cap at $1.84B. Like 3D Systems, the company produces machines and special ink for all sorts of specialties, from healthcare to construction, to hobby art and beyond.
3. Autodesk, Inc. ( ADSK): Provides design software and service solutions to customers in architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. Market cap at $8.25B. In recent news, ADSK completed the acquisition of German software company PI-VR, which develops software for the automotive industry.
By Kapitall's Dan Connelly