Investorideas.com  big ideas for global investors Search www.investorideas.com
   Member Access       Sign-up       Listings        Stock Directories       Research       Cleantech       Tech Newsletter         Headlines        Video       New Ventures   




3D Printing: A look ahead through 2014

By Dr Wendy Kneissl, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Ideas get bigger when you share them...    Repost This

January 5, 2014 (www.investorideas.com newswire) 2013 was an outstanding year for 3D printing, with share prices of the listed companies doubling or more, conferences on the subject proliferating, and media attention exploding. So what does the year ahead hold for the industry?

Join Investor Ideas Members to access the Renewable Energy stocks directory, water stocks, biotech stocks, defense stocks directories and the Insiders Corner

Whilst a new mutual fund for 3D printing was established only 2 days ago, many, indeed possibly most, investment analysts are becoming less bullish about the sector. With market capitalisations 50 or 60 times the revenues of the companies, many are now actively talking about a bubble and advising against purchase of the stock, including very publically Jim Cranmer of CNBC. It is likely therefore that shares in the these companies will fall during 2014 and only investors willing to take a short term hit for a possibly high long term gain will be trading in this area. Nonetheless, it is likely that there will be further IPO's of 3D printer manufacturers ahead.

Mergers and acquisitions will probably slow down as 3D Systems has problems enough managing its many products lines, which latter can often lead to conflict and inefficiencies within a company (a recent anonymous survey of 3D Systems employees conducted by Glassdoor noted "dissatisfaction").

Stratasys is likely however to acquire one of the increasingly popular 3D metal printing technologies, as 3D Systems recently did through acquisition of French Phenix Systems. With EOS probably out of range, a more likely target will be the likes of German Concept Laser or SLM Solutions.

One of the dangers of this consolidation which should be carefully tracked, is whether R&D investment is keeping pace with technology acquisition. With 3D Systems currently maintaining more than 3 times the number of technologies of its main competitor Stratasys, but at roughly the same level of R&D investment, funding for development is in danger of becoming thinly spread, which will have a direct impact on the pace of change in 3D printing.

With a key inkjet powder bed patent, currently held by MIT, expiring this year, we can probably expect to see a crop of new companies offering what is one of the simpler approaches to 3D printing, which will improve competition in this area - currently one of the most expensive 3D printing technology types.

Hewlett-Packard will be making a re-entry into 3D printing this year after its former dalliance with Stratasys a few years ago. The company is known to have been working on 3D printing with glass and resin, but remains coy regarding exactly what it is intending to offer. Other large corporate will certainly follow suit, although this may be a little beyond our current horizon.

And finally, what will 2014 hold for consumer 3D printing? The jury remains out on that one, but many analysts - including the author - feel that the sector is over-hyped, and certainly more investment in educating the public will need to be made if it is to become a mainstream technology. Buyers need to know why they need a 3D printer in the home - beyond printing of the ubiquitous Yoda heads.

About IDTechEx

IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research and Events services, helping you profit from emerging technologies. We provide independent research, business intelligence and advice to companies across the value chain based on our core research activities and methodologies providing data sought by business leaders, strategists and emerging technology scouts to aid their business decisions. For more information see www.IDTechEx.com.

IDTechEx Research Subscriptions

Subscribing to IDTechEx research services gives you access to a wide range of our technology and market research on a given topic or across topics. It provides you with unlimited access to new related content throughout the subscription period and on-going support from our dedicated team.

The online IDTechEx Market Intelligence Portal brings in-depth market intelligence and independent analysis throughout the year, helping you to drive revenue in much shorter time frames. It currently covers the broadly defined fields of (a) printed, flexible and/or large-area electronics, and (b) emerging materials and devices.

Contact Us

research@IDTechEx.com
UK: +44 (0)1223 812300 | USA: +1 617 577 7890

Research more 3D Printing stocks at Investorideas.com
http://www.investorideas.com/Membership/

More Info:

This news is published on the Investorideas.com Newswire and its syndicated partner network

Publish Your News - Send a release
News now!

Get Free investor news and stock alerts: Sign up here

Published at the Investorideas.com Newswire - Big ideas for Global Investors

Disclaimer/ Disclosure:The Investorideas.com newswire is a third party publisher of news and research as well as creates original content as a news source. Original content created by investorideas is protected by copyright laws other than syndication rights. Investorideas is a news source on Google news and Linkedintoday plus hundreds of syndication partners. Our site does not make recommendations for purchases or sale of stocks or products. Nothing on our sites should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell products or securities. All investment involves risk and possible loss of investment. This site is currently compensated by featured companies, news submissions, content marketing and online advertising. Contact each company directly for press release questions. Disclosure is posted on each release if required but otherwise the news was not compensated for and is published for the sole interest of our readers. More disclaimer info: http://www.investorideas.com/About/Disclaimer.asp

BC Residents and Investor Disclaimer : Effective September 15 2008 - all BC investors should review all OTC and Pink sheet listed companies for adherence in new disclosure filings and filing appropriate documents with Sedar. Read for more info: http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/release.aspx?id=6894. Global investors must adhere to regulations of each country.



Free News Alerts
Email:  

Read more News





TOP

Investor Ideas © 2000 - 2014 InvestorIdeas.com®, ECON

Free Investor Stock Alerts
Sign up here

login | logout | about us | contact | disclaimer / disclosure |
advertise | company profile directory | partners / links |
job search | privacy policy | trade | services | sitemap |