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3D Printing

3D printing is a process for the production of physical objects usually by directing a laser to fuse a plastic powder one micro-layer at a time. The method can be used to create prototypes from CAD software. Custom designed figurines or sculptures are possible. Numerous other applications are under development.

Quillnpenn provided a list of references as follows-- [1]

Motley Fool has a tag archive on the subject-- [2]

The leading public companies are listed as 3D Systems, Proto Labs, and Stratasys

Quillnpenn lists players as--

Stock Ticker PE $/sh Notes

Stratasys, Inc. SSYS 76 42 3D printers, prototyping systems

3D Systems Corp. DDD 69 30 3D printers

Autodesk, Inc. ADSK 28 15 3D software

Organovo Holdings, Inc. ONVO NA NA 3D human tissue printing

MAKO Surgical Corp. MAKO NA NA Robotic arm solutions

Dassault Systèmes SA DASTY 31 NA SolidWorks 3D CAD program

Parametric Technology PMTC 31 13 Product Design software solutions

3DIcon Corporation TDCP NA NA Optical holographic technologies

Trimble TRMB 37 16 3D modeling package

Siemens SI 16 12 Solid Edge 3D software, NX CAM software

MakerBot LLC of Brooklyn, NY is offering desktop 3D printers for about $2200. They opened a store in New York City in November, 2012. [[3]] MakerBot claims abt 20% market share of printing equipment.

In November, 2012, General Electric entered the business when its Aviation division acquired Morris Technologies of Cincinnati. They plan to print metal parts for GE jet engines.

"At least seven 3D printer companies are exhibiting at CES [the Consumer Electronics Show in Jan, 2013 in Las Vegas], including 3D Systems (DDD), Stratasys (SSYS), MakerBot Industries and Formlabs." Read More At IBD: [[4]]

ExOne filing for IPO. [[5]]

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