3D printing is all the rage these days and with good reason. With the ability to mass produce almost anything, from prosthetic hands to fabrics to working guns, the technology is amazing. The 3D printing space is dominated by four major players: ExOne, 3D Systems, voxeljet ADS, and Stratasys. All four public companies have delivered huge gains in 2013, with Stratasys the only company failing to deliver at least a 100% gain year-to-date. In the absence of news, 3D printers suffered huge losses today, possibly signalling the reverse of a strong upward trend.
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While the industry is basically in its infancy and while huge growth is predicted over the next decade or so, the stocks are currently trading at outrageous valuations. 3D Systems is the only printer that is currently profitable, but all 4 are all very light on revenue and very heavy on valuation. VJET, for example, is trading at a whopping 80X revenue, while losing more than $6/share.
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If and when the market reverses, these 4 companies may be hit exceptionally hard and thus make excellent short candidates in the market’s darkest hours.