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Signs Of A New 3-D Printing Boom


3D printing stocks are getting a bid again.

Industry leader DDD is leading the way.

If Autodesk starts showing a profit, the comeback is real.

The 3D printing business, left for dead just months ago, is showing signs of life.

The boom was started by The Wohlers Report, which said "additive manufacturing" was a $5.1 billion business last year, growing 26%, and that the sales of desktop units actually climbed almost 70%, with companies and schools replacing hobbyists in the market.

This, in turn, has drawn a bid for industry leader 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) of Rock Hill, South Carolina, which has gone from $6.20 to over $15 since mid-January and finally brought in a new CEO, Vyomesh Joshi, from Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ).

General Electric (NYSE:GE) has opened a new $40 million additive manufacturing facility near Pittsburgh. Privately-held Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has launched a 3D printed drug that is supposed to be injected more easily. Australian...