Market Cap: $5.7 billion
YTD Performance: +49%
Stratasys (SSYS) is another established 3D printing company. And while DDD is the largest by revenue, SSYS boasts the largest scale in regards to the number of printers installed.
SSYS has a decent midcap valuation, has put up a market-beating performance in 2013 and operates soundly in the black year after year. And like DDD, the growth is very real. In Q3, Stratasys saw its revenue soar almost 40% to more than $126 million and this year is tracking total sales growth of about 125%.
Stratasys may have underperformed DDD stock in 2013, but it’s gaining steam after the recent acquisition of MakerBot. Not only has the buyout given SSYS more scale, but it also has given it control of the hottest open-source forum for shared 3D printing designs: Thingiverse. Here, owners of a MakerBot can browse blueprints from around the world and buy them — or access them for free if the creators allow.
This social forum provides great resources for those new to 3D printing and could help build the Stratasys brand as the industry grows.