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.

The reason why Protolabs and Materialise are doing very well now (and 3D software companies like Dassault and Autodesk have been doing very very well for over 5 years) is that they are perceived as service providers – which is (correctly) seen by analysts as a more immediately profitable operation for AM, since it does not require high capex. On the other hand, hardware companies such as Stratasys, 3DS, voxeljet and ExOne, while they do provide AM services, are seen primarily as hardware manufacturers. This means that they are expected to become profitable when large companies start bringing AM production in-house, which is going to happen more gradually.

So the stock growth progression goes: 3D Software -> AM Service -> AM Hardware. Today, while AM could be seen as a way for aerospace and automotive companies to streamline operations in the medium and long term, the huge shock to the aerospace and automotive sectors that is coming in the short term will impact these investments as well. We’ll see. And as always we’ll keep tracking all of this on 3D Printing Media Network’s free 3D Printing Stock Watch Service.

Nasdaq/NYSE Indexes:

  • Levin

    The Stratasys Board of Directors has unanimously adopted a limited duration Shareholder Rights Plan. Although it is never mentioned directly, the move could be seen as a response to the recent acquisition of a 12.12% stake in the company by Nano Dimension and a way to protect Stratasys shareholders by…

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  • In a press release published today, the Board of Directors of bioconvergence group BICO stated that it has: “Full confidence in the CEO, management and current strategic direction.” Why did the company (which is publicly listed on the Nordic NASDAQ) have to come to this dramatic action? Apparently, an internal…

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  • Markforged Holding Corporation reported that its revenues increased 27%, to $91.2 million, in FY 2021, from $71.9 million in 2020. Gross profit grew 26%, to $52.9 million, in 2021 from $41.9 million in 2020 and gross margin was 58% in 2021, consistent with 2020. However net loss from operations also…

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  • Atlantic Coastal Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ACAH) (“Atlantic Coastal”), a special purpose acquisition corporation focused on the future of mobility, has terminated its previously announced business combination agreement with Essentium, Inc., a leading innovator of industrial additive manufacturing solutions, by mutual agreement of all relevant parties. As a result, Atlantic Coastal…

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  • Italy-based D-Orbit S.p.A., a market leader in space logistics is going to merge with Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp. and become a publicly listed company. The transaction values the Company at an enterprise value of approximately $1.28 billion (€1.13 billion) post-money, as it continues development of the ION Satellite Carrier technology…

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  • At the end of 2021, the National Court Register registered the merger of MODE S.A., listed on the NewConnect Stock Exchange, and Sygnis New Technologies sp. z o.o. Since then Sygnis – one of the longest-established companies in the Polish 3D printing market – is present on the Stock Exchange.…

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  • Apis Cor is the first construction 3D printing pure player to receive official Regulation A+ qualification by the SEC to begin offering shares to both accredited and non-accredited investors. Regulation A is an exemption from registration for public offerings with two offering tiers: Tier 1, for offerings of up to…

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  • FATHOM and GoEngineer partner

    CORE Industrial Partners (CORE), a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on investing in lower middle-market manufacturing, industrial technology, and industrial service companies, completed the initial listing on the New York Stock Exchange for Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corp. (“Fathom”), an industry leader in on-demand digital manufacturing and 3D printing services, through…

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  • The 3dpbm 3D printing stocks portfolio includes over 50 companies (not all of them can be displayed on the page) that are directly connected to 3D printing technologies, either as core market operators (hardware, services, materials) or as relevant adopters that have made 3D printing a key part of their…

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  • Regemat3D Biogelx partnership

    Bioprinter manufacturer REGEMAT3D is launching a new equity crowdfunding round, that will help the company further scale its business and product lines while preparing for an IPO set to take place in 2023. At 3dpbm we usually do not cover crowdfunding campaigns for new products, however, this initiative is relative…

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