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SeekingAlpha  4 hrs ago  Comment 
By Akshansh Gandhi: The 3D printing industry is growing at a fast pace. However, the stock price performance of Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been weak this year, with shares declining 20%. But, Stratasys' performance has been better than rival 3D...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 23  Comment 
Graphene could become a key 3-D printing material In our February 27 article, we said that while 3-D printing was still in its infancy, a new technology was already making the buzz: 4-D printing. Actually, 4-D printing is an evolution of 3-D...
Motley Fool  Jul 22  Comment 
In a sea of metal 3-D printers, what makes 3D Systems so unique?
Motley Fool  Jul 21  Comment 
Combating the issue of organizational readiness.
Motley Fool  Jul 20  Comment 
There are plenty of high paying job openings in 3-D printing today.
Motley Fool  Jul 19  Comment 
Understanding the labor force dynamics affecting the 3-D printing industry.
Motley Fool  Jul 18  Comment 
Understanding the limitations of the technology.
Motley Fool  Jul 17  Comment 
Of the two big players, which one looks to be the best?
SeekingAlpha  Jul 16  Comment 
By Soid Ahmad: 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been around since the 80s. However, this technology gained the attention of the masses quite recently, thanks to improving print speeds, decreasing costs and the expanded material-base of...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 16  Comment 
By Renu Singh: Although 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) has taken a massive hammering this year, with shares down 37%, the company is still reporting solid revenue growth. In fact, in the first quarter, 3D Systems reported revenue of $147.8 million, up 45%...




 
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3D Systems Corporation (DDD) is a provider of rapid 3-D printing, prototyping, and manufacturing solutions. Rapid prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects using solid freeform fabrication. The commercial rapid prototyping systems market is nearly two decades old and there are now approximately 50 system or technology vendors worldwide. A substantial number of these companies are small entities, still in the business or technology development phase. More than a dozen of these companies sell stereolithography technology in one form or another. Today, rapid prototyping is used for a much wider range of applications and is even used to manufacture production quality parts in relatively small numbers. Some sculptors use the technology to produce complex shapes for fine arts exhibitions. The market for rapid prototyping systems and materials is highly competitive. 3D Systems tries to differentiate itself by a more comprehensive offering to its customers, all the way from modeling and prototyping to tools and parts. Products include Stereolithography or SLA equipment, selective laser sintering or SLS equipment, and multijet modeling equipment. 3D Systems' products enable the manufacture of three-dimensional (3D) objects from digital data using computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing, software utilities, and related computer applications. These systems are used for applications such as prototyping, concept modeling, and three-dimensional printing, as well as for production of functional end-use parts. The company's systems and materials add value by reducing the time and cost of designing products and by facilitating direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input. The company has software alliances with SolidWorks Corporation, UGS Solutions, and Raindrop Geomagic, Inc.

In fiscal 2006, products contributed 34.5% of revenue, services contributed 38.6%, and the remaining 26.9% came from materials. Geographically, the company generated 43.5% of fiscal 2006 revenue from its U.S. operations, 40.0% from its European operations, and 16.5% from its Asia-Pacific operations.

3D Systems was founded in 1986, and is based in Valencia, California. The stock was initially listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market ("NASDAQ") under the ticker TDSC; however, the company transferred its listing to the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") under the symbol DDD on May 26, 2011.




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