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:

  • Prodways Group achieved consolidated revenues of over €17 million, up 54% during Q2 of fiscal year 2021/. This performance is the combined result of a favorable base effect combined with an acceleration of the pace of the recovery in key sectors. This resulted in the Systems Division closing a record…

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  • Fast Radius, Inc., a cloud manufacturing and digital supply chain company, and ECP Environmental Growth Opportunities Corp. (NASDAQ: ENNV) have entered into a definitive agreement that will result in Fast Radius becoming a publicly-listed company on the NASDAQ index. The combined company will have an estimated post-transaction enterprise value of…

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  • Markforged begins a new chapter as a publicly traded company. After completing the SPAC merger procedure, the company is now officially listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MKFG. In connection with the closing of the merger, Markforged has received approximately $361 million of gross proceeds…

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  • Freemelt ProHeat

    Nasdaq Stockholm AB has approved Freemelt Holding AB‘s application for admission to trading of the Company’s shares on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. The company will be traded under the short name “FREEM” with ISIN code SE0011167170. The first day of trading is July 7, 2021. “The recently completed investment…

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  • From Alaska to SPAC(e): Astra Space, the fastest privately-funded US company in history to reach space, and Holicity, Inc., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), completed their previously announced transaction to take Astra public. “Becoming a public company is an important milestone in our mission to improve life…

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  • Xometry, a leading AI-enabled marketplace for on-demand manufacturing, priced its initial public offering of 6,875,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $44.00 per share. In addition, the underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,031,250 shares of Class A common stock at…

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  • Xometry, an on-demand manufacturing outsourcing service, has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of shares of its Class A common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the…

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  • Norsk Titanium milestones Rapid Plasma

    Norsk Titanium AS (Norsk Titanium), a global leader in the additive manufacturing of aerospace-grade titanium components, has satisfied the conditions for listing on the Euronext Growth Oslo. Norsk Titanium’s first day of trading on the exchange was May 18th under the ticker code NTI. The listing follows a successful share…

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  • Shapeways, Inc., a pioneer in the segment of additive manufacturing production services, and Galileo Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: GLEO), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), have entered into a definitive merger agreement for a merger transaction in which Shapeways will be acquired by Galileo. Upon closing of the transaction,…

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  • As initially reported on March 12th, support-less metal L-PBF 3D printer maker VELO3D is the next company to go public via a SPAC merger, with Jaws Spitfire Acquisition Corp. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the second half of 2021, the combined company will operate…

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