3D Systems Corporation (DDD), Stratasys, Ltd. (SSYS): 3D Printing Takes Another Step Toward the Mainstream

Page 1 of 2
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has had its share of hits and misses over the years. After Windows 8 complaints and a massive backlash from the Xbox One announcement, some might say that there were considerably more misses than hits these days.

Despite its problems, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is still able to recognize consumer trends as they occur. This is good news for 3D printer manufacturers, as the company believes that 3D printing is an important developing technology. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is including a native API for 3D printers in its upcoming “Windows 8.1″ update.

What does this mean?

Previously, 3D printing was a bit more involved than using a 2D printer. After creating or downloading a model you would save it, possibly convert it to a new file format, and load it in a new program. This program would send the model data to the 3D printer. All of the printing software was third-party, and sometimes required tweaking to get it working correctly.

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD)

The inclusion of a native 3D printing API standardizes the process. Printers by companies such as 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) and Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) can now be true plug-and-play devices and print directly from the modeling software. Even the drivers for homemade 3D printers can be standardized through the Windows 8.1 SDK.

Who will benefit?

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) and Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) will both likely benefit from this, since it makes their products easier for average consumers to use. They will likely benefit more than Microsoft itself, since the 3D printing market hasn’t matured to the point that native support will heavily influence consumer choices.

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) has an agreement with Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) to sell its “Cube” 3D printers both in stores and online at Staples.com. This provides the company with greater consumer-level exposure and allows consumers to see the sleek and colorful 3D printer in person. The new API will strengthen the company’s claims of its printers working “out of the box” as it will ensure driver compatibility with Windows systems moving forward.

As rumored, Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) announced the purchase of MakerBot, creator of one of the most well-known 3D printer brands. As with the Cube, 3D printers by MakerBot will be fully compatible with the new 3D printing API and as a result will be able to provide a more seamless user experience. MakerBot’s “Replicator 2″ printers are also slated to be sold at Microsoft Stores, showing Microsoft’s support for 3D printing and giving the devices some much-needed floor time in front of customers who are more likely to be interested in Windows 8.1 support.

Page 1 of 2

Biotech Insider Alert - $6 Stock To Hit $40

$200 Million Dollar Healthcare Hedge Fund's #1 Best Idea Right Now

The best healthcare hedge fund out there right now is one of the largest shareholders in this biotech stock. The fund returned more than 20% in each of the last 2 years with a virtually fully hedged portfolio, and it's sending out a BUY signal on this biotech stock. Get your FREE REPORT today (retail value of $300)

This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.
Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The World’s Most Famous Circuses

Best Hair Stylists

Most Popular NASCAR Drivers

The Best Romance Movies of all Time

The Most Wanted Drug Lords

The Oldest Money Managers

The Greatest Directors in the World

Largest Animals in the World

World’s Most Expensive Desserts

Best Selling Comic Books of All Time

A-list Actors who Sabotaged Their Career

Rappers With a College Degree

The Best Jazz Albums of all Time

The Most Influential Jazz Musicians

The World’s Most Famous Photographers

The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

Most Influential Choreographers Ever

Most Expensive Department Stores in the World

The Most Expensive Stolen Paintings in the World

The World’s Most Expensive Teas

Top Oscar Record Holders

The Most Expensive Flowers in the World

Countries With a Booming Film Industry

Most Expensive Cupcakes in the World

Uncommon European Escapes

The Most Stolen Artists in History

Best Travel Destinations in Australia

World’s Most Expensive Musical Instruments

World’s Most Famous Animals

Most Expensive Cakes in the World

Most Expensive Kosher Champagne in the World

Most Expensive Kosher Wine in the World

The Most Surprisingly Dark Fairy Tales

Most Popular Travel Destinations in Asia

The 10 Most Expensive Dresses Ever Worn to the Oscars

World’s Most Visited Art Museums

Best Countries for Photographers to Work in

Best Paid Jobs in the Film Industry

The Most Renowned Recovered Paintings Ever

Child Stars That Turned out Just Fine

Books That Were Banned in the Past Century

World’s Richest Dancers

Best Remedies against Bad Breath

Foods That Improve Your Skin Texture

Best-Selling Children’s Books of all Time

Foods That Boost Your Libido

Best-Selling Books of all Time

The Most Expensive Academy Awards Jewelry in History

Most Expensive Japanese Restaurant In New York City

The Best B-Boy Movies

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 129% in 2.5 years!! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!