3D printing companies have come into their own in 2013, with stocks in this corner of the market doubling and even tripling in some cases.
It’s not hard to understand why. If you’re a long-term investor looking to get in on the next investing megatrend, 3D printing companies are it. On-demand manufacturing can reduce costs for both businesses and consumers, 3D printer programmers are the new software engineers, and 3D printing itself has been a defining cultural trend.
We still are in early days of this trend, and some of the most dramatic applications — such as “printing” human organs for transplant — remain out of reach.
But if you’re a believer in 3D printing, that means there’s still time to invest in the sector.
If you’re looking for the best 3D printing companies to buy now, start with this list of the hottest stocks of 2013: 3D Systems (DDD), Stratasys (SSYS), VoxelJet (VJET), ExOne (XONE) and Proto Labs (PRLB).