Welcome to 3D Printing Stocks Watch, a service offered by 3D Printing Business Media to provide up to date information on publicly traded 3D printing companies. On this page, we will help you track all publicly traded companies that have shown significant interest and investments in 3D printing. These include AM service providers and AM hardware manufacturers, as well as AM materials manufacturers and AM software companies.
We will help you track non-pure player companies that have made significant investments in additive manufacturing (such as HP and GE, as well as major raw material companies such as BASF) and AM adopters that have made significant investments in developing AM. Companies are tracked by major indexes including Nasdaq/NYSE in the US, Xetra in Germany and Euronext in France.
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3D printing stocks have been on a roller coaster since the general public discovered 3D printing in 2013. Most stocks have experienced exponential growth and peaked at the end of 2013, dropping to then peak again in the middle of 2014. After this relatively small bubble burst, causing some 3D printing stocks to lose as much as 80% of their value, many things have happened.
Very large, publicly traded companies that were not “pure players” entered the market, either as 3D printer or 3D printing materials manufacturers. At the same time the smaller pure player companies – including the current market leaders Stratasys and 3D Systems, stabilized and after reaching the bottom, began to grow again at a more “natural” and organic pace which more accurately reflects the real growth of their businesses.
3D printing stocks trend comparison
The few metal 3D printing companies that are publicly traded also saw their 3D printing stocks value rise considerably. Arcam AB (now GE Additive), SLM Solutions, Renishaw and others grew when polymer 3D printing companies were struggling. Major, publicly-traded, 3D software companies such as Autodesk and Dassault Systemes also grew significantly since 3D printing began to offer more opportunities to engineers and designers, proving that widespread adoption of 3D software is a necessary transition for the business of 3D printing to truly evolve into the future of manufacturing.
Now giants such as Siemens, HP and GE are also part of the bigger picture but the key short and medium term opportunity – in addition to the 3D software companies – is 3D printing service providers: stocks of both Proto Labs and Materialise, the two largest providers of AM services in the world, have been on a very strong upwards trend, even in the face of current COVID-19 related challenges. In fact, COVID-19 is accelerating investment in 3D printing, which is seen as an increasingly valid alternative to long supply chains that are easy to disrupt in a global crisis. Major material companies such as BASF, Arkema and Covestro are investing in internalizing some 3D printing service capabilities by acquiring pioneering service providers. These companies may also represent a sound investment but more long term.
Although they have recently stabilized, 3D printing stocks are among the most unpredictable in terms of performance and are not ideal for short terms gains. The future of manufacturing is still quite far but there are very few doubts that 3D printing in all its forms will play a major role in it. If you are in it for the long haul then 3D printing stocks may be right for you. In the meantime, you are welcome to use this page to keep track of them.
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