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Imagine you hit a button on your printer, and out emerges a prototype of a prosthetic leg or a component for a space shuttle. The moment has arrived, and it means big things for 3-D printing companies. Though the industry has been around for decades, 3-D printing is gaining momentum. In a recent report, Goldman Sachs named 3-D printing as one of eight technologies that will creatively destroy how we do business.

Indeed, companies in many fields are getting creative with 3-D printing technology. One Dutch architect has plans to print a 1,100 square-foot house. The European Space Agency is looking into building a lunar colony with a 3-D printer that uses moon dust. NASA wants to take a 3-D printer into space. In March, a British company, Oxford Performance Materials, printed new bone that replaced 75 percent of a mans damaged skull. Another company, Organovo, based in San Diego, is building a 3-D printer that can create new organs. Meanwhile, the majority of hearing aids are now made using 3-D printing technology.

Looking to get started? Design your products for the aerospace industry and the medical sector: Those will drive the most growth, with the greatest profit potential. Companies are going after markets where the volumes are relatively low and the value and complexity of products are high, says Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, a consulting firm.

By 2017, Wohlers Associates estimates that sales of 3-D printing products and services could hit $6 billion worldwide. It forecasts that by 2021, industry-wide sales could reach about $11 billion.

The market segment that has experienced the greatest growth recently is the personal 3-D printing market, which includes printers such as 3D Systemss Cube ($1,299) and Makerbots Replicator 2 ($2,199). Sales in this space grew an average of 346 percent a year between 2008 and 2011. However, growth slowed slightly last year, according to Wohlers, with sales up 46 percent in 2012.

Youll need capital. How much depends on your ambition: It can cost from $20,000 to $600,000 for a commercial printer if you want to make aerospace parts or prosthetics. For the DIY-crowd and 3-D printing hobbyists, the low cost models fall into the range of about $5,000 and less. A simple $500 version may suffice for making toys and jewelry.

There are big incumbents. Stratasys controlled 56 percent of the market in 2012, and venture capital-backed Shapeways is the leader in on-demand printing, but the field is getting more and more crowded as the industry shifts to producing real parts and products rather than just prototypes. Wohlers reports that finished parts now account for about 28 percent of sales in the 3-D printing market.

How much?The 3-D printing market grew 28.6 percent in 2012 to $2.2 billion, according to Wohlers Associates.

Barriers to entry:Some 3-D printing businesses can be launched relatively cheaply. Printing products for the aerospace and medical industries will require more start-up capital, technical knowledge, and industry contacts. But those fields have the greatest growth potential.

The playing field:There are some large players in the industry–Stratsys, 3D Systems, Ponoko, and Shapeways–and the space is beginning to get crowded. But theres certainly room for a newcomer with an inventive approach. One start-up, Occipital, is creating a 3-D scanning device, called Structure Sensor, that snaps onto an iPad. Occipitals Kickstarter campaign reached its $100,000 fundraising goal in just a few hours.

Ideal prior job?Professor of mechanical engineering.

Buzzword:Makers–the industrys community of DIY-ers and hobbyists.

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EnvisionTEC was founded in 2002, based on a then-novel approach to vat photopolymerization, in which a high-definition projector is used to cure liquid resin instead of the UV laser beam commonly used in stereolithography or SLA approaches at that time.

However, the path to the companys inception started much earlier and was not linear.

After earning his bachelors degree in engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 1990, Al Siblani, was hired in his mid-20s by an early 3D printer manufacturer, Helisys of Torrance, Calif. In his role, Siblani installed the companys lamination object manufacturing (LOM) machines in the Detroit area, to customers such as the Detroit Three automakers and many of their suppliers.

In 1993, Siblani completed his Masters Degree in electrical and computer engineering from Wayne State University and also founded his own company, Sibco, Inc., in Ferndale, Michigan, which focused on providing service and consumables for 3D printer machines. This company gave Siblani perspective into the full range of technologies available in the marketplace, as well as their shortcomings.

In about 1996, Siblani conceived of the idea of using an HD theater-style projector to cure resin in a new 3D printing process, and he called a former engineering colleague from Helisys, Alexander Sasha Shkolnik, to assist him with developing a machine using the new approach.

For the next four years, Siblani and Shkolnik worked on the concept. A functional DLP machine was completed in about 2000.

About that time, while traveling at a trade show in Europe, Siblani was made aware of a company in Germany, Envision Technologies GmbH, that had filed a patent for a similar approach.

After meeting with the company to discuss a possible collaboration, Siblani made the discovery that Envision Technologies had only a non-functioning concept machine, while he had a complete and functioning printer. In any case, the German company rejected the offer of collaboration.

Siblani and Shkolnik continued to develop their idea, and two years later, Siblani received a call that investors in Envision Technologies had pulled their funding and the company was in receivership.

In 2002, Siblani purchased the companys assets, including the companys intellectual property, which also included the 3D-Bioplotter, which has been developed in concert with the University of Freiburg in Germany, through the bankruptcy court system. The creation of EnvisionTEC GmbH and EnvisionTEC Inc. followed.

The following year, EnvisionTEC showed and sold its first DLP machines in the United States, at a jewelry trade show in Dearborn, Michigan.

Siblani and Shkolnick, who has been the companys Chief Technology Officer since the companys inception, have been passionately leading development of additional 3D printing features, methods and strategies, and all-new machines and materials, ever since.

A fortuitous relationship was forged in the late 2000s between EnvisionTEC and Z Corporation, also known as ZCorp, which was born out of technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The core technology of ZCorp, which at one point had about 25% share of the 3D printing market, was ZPrinting, which deposited a liquid binder material on a bed of gypsum powder to build prototype parts in full color.

In 2010, EnvisionTEC began contract manufacturing a DLP printer called theZBuilder Ultrathat was sold by ZCorp until the company was acquired by 3D Systems in January 2012. The ZBuilder Ultra had successfully competed against machines sold by 3D Systems.

However, the team at ZCorp had active R&D ongoing in 3D printing of sand molds and cores using a similar approach to inket a binding agent onto sand.

In 2010, prior to the 3D Systems acquisition of ZCorp, a small team of ZCorp employees, including ZCorp co-founder Dr. Jim Bredt, founded a company called Viridis3D to focus on 3D technology with a unique print head attached to a robot arm. The RAM 123 system was launched in the first half of 2015, and EnvisionTEC and Viridis3D executed their exclusive strategic relationship in the first quarter of 2016.

In all, EnvisionTEC employs at least four distinct processes to additively manufacture objects from digital design files, and many of these processes are protected, in full or part, by U.S. and foreign patents. These 3D printing processes include:

. The EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter series is a robust 3D printing machine that processes open-source materials using air or mechanical pressure to a syringe, which fabricates in a Cartesian movement, with X-Y repeatability down to 1 m, guided by proprietary software. EnvisionTEC offers three bioprinter models, a Starter, Developer and Manufacturer series, which are designed for use in a sterile biosafety cabinet, which meets standards for clinical trials. Each model offers a range of print heads and modular options, such as a heated platform and sterile filter, which is recommended for cell and organ printing.

. Within this category, where a part is produced from a vat/tray where a resin is selectively photocured or hardened by a light source, EnvisionTEC sells a variety of machines that are further subdivided by critical differences:

. In this category, which EnvisionTEC commercialized in 2002, the company sells both desktop and production-sized machines that use a high-definition projector to, in simplified terms, cure one layer of material at a time. This approach is much faster than conventional SLA printing, which draws out objects with a laser beam, and it also delivers extreme accuracy and smooth surface finish at small to medium build-envelope sizes. EnvisionTEC sells more than five different brand names of DLP machines, with variations to meet the specifications of certain markets.

3SP or Scan, Spin and Selectively Photocure technology

. In an effort to deliver high accuracy and resolution while building larger parts, or, alternatively, many smaller parts on a larger build envelope, EnvisionTECs proprietary 3SP technology reflects a diode laser on a rotating drum through a series of lens systems, to accurately cure resin across a relatively wide build envelope, up to 5800 cubic inches. EnvisionTEC offers five different brand names of 3SP machines.

cDLM or Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing

. Based on an approach for which EnvisionTEC first filed a patent in 2006, EnvisionTEC offers two models of high-speed 3D printers that build with continuous motion of the build platform in the Z axis. This is an advancement from traditional DLP methods where the build platform essentially stops for each exposure layer before advancing to the next exposure. By continuously moving in the Z axis, the build can progress more quickly and there are other benefits in terms of surface quality.

. Through its exclusive strategic partnership with Viridis3D, EnvisionTEC offers a unique robot-controlled binder jetting technology for the foundry industry. A proprietary 28-inch-wide print head is attached to an ABB robot arm that moves in a Cartesian movement, controlled by proprietary software, to deposit sand and strategically print a binding agent on a work table. The Viridis3D RAM 123 system currently builds sand molds and cores up to 1 x 2 by 3, but it is scalable for larger types of projects and other types of 3D printing materials, including 3D printing of PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), which is ideal for investment casting. Currently, a new RAM 224 system, which builds up to 2 x 2 x 4, is under development.

SLCOM or Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing

. A unique technology to additively manufacture woven fiber composites pre-impregnated with thermoplastics, called traditional prepregs, that delivers strong, machinable final components up to 30 x 24 x 24 inches that are ideal for aerospace, automotive, defense and other applications. The SLCOM 1 machine based on this new approach was previewed in 2016.

Given EnvisionTECs broad portfolio of 3D printing processes, EnvisionTEC has no direct competitor across all categories and it generally faces different competitors in different process categories in various markets that are maturing at different paces.

As a result of EnvisionTECs diversity of technologies and end users, the company has enjoyed double-digit sales growth throughout its history, with little impact during economic downturns to date.

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Launch of theZBuilder UltraDLP printer in partnership with ZCorp.

Launch of fourth generation Perfactory, with the Mini, Mini XL, Standard and Standard XL P4 models

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Launch of Micro desktop DLP printer

Launch of EnvisionTECs all-new 3SP technology, with the3Dent,UltraandXede and Xtreme, which no longer use the DLP process. The new process uses a PSA film.

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Launch of theMicro Plus cDLMhigh-speed continuous 3D printer, the first use of EnvisionTECs patented continuous technology

Launch of theSLCOM 1, the first Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing concept machine for woven fiber composites.

Launch of theVector Hi-Res 3SPwith almost double the resolution of the standard Vector 3SP

Launch of the Desktop Plus line of DLP 3D printers, including the Aureus Plus, Apollo, Desktop XL and more.

Announcement ofexclusive strategic partnership with Viridis3D, an outgrowth of ZCorp that specializes in robotic 3D printing of sand molds and cores for foundries. First Viridis3D install ofRAM 123 at Trident Alloys.

Launch of theVida cDLMhigh-speed continuous 3D printer for the dental market

Launch ofE-IDB materialfor 3D printing of indirect bonding trays for application of orthodontic brackets

Launch ofnew distributor partnership with ScanSource, a leading global technology provider

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The promise of spectacular growth doesnt always translate to spectacular profits.

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Legendary investor Peter Lynch wrote this in 1989, and gave the example that when he was growing up, carpeting was one of the hottest things to invest in. At the time, average carpet prices dropped from $28 per yard to $4 per yard, thanks to a new tufting process that drastically reduced the amount of fiber that went into a carpet and technological advances in automated looming — the process of weaving threads together. According to Lynch, the emergence of lower prices sparked a boom in carpet sales, and the six major carpet producers, which initially grew like gangbusters and earned more money than they knew how to spend, were eventually joined by 200 new competitors that lowered their prices to win over customers. From that point forward, nobody made another dime in the carpet business, as Lynch put it.

Being a 3D printing specialist, Im beginning to wonder if the 3D printing industry could share a similar fate to what the carpet industry experienced in terms of industry profits — a necessary component for sustainable long-term investing.

Attractive industry growth rates? Check!According to Wohlers Report 2014, a comprehensive report on the state of the 3D printing industry in 2013, the industry is expected to grow by over 31% per year between 2013 and 2020, to eventually generate more than $21 billion in worldwide revenue. This forecast represents a 130% increase from Wohlers Report 2013, which called for the 3D printing industry toonlygenerate approximately $9.1 billion in 2020. Wohlers has been tracking the industry for over 20 years, meaning the industry tends to put a lot of weight behind any updates to growth forecasts the company makes.

Source: Wohlers Associates, authors calculation.

Increasing competition? Check!Although theyre not exhaustive, Wohlers has compiled lists of major3D printing manufacturersservice providers, and3D software developers, which together give the sense that the 3D printing industry is already crowded with established players. Throw in the prospect ofHewlett-Packard(NYSE:HPQ)and the likelihood of countless other lower-profile companies entering the space in the coming years, and it seems probable that competitive pressures could begin to weigh on average selling prices across the industry in the coming years. Echoing this sentiment, research company IDC expects that 3D printing average selling prices will decline through 2017.

The upshot is that IDC also predicts that declining prices will drive higher adoption rates, meaning 3D printing companies could have an opportunity to grow their installed bases. As most 3D printing companies utilize a razor-and-blade business model, whereby the printers are the razors and the consumables are the blades, a growing installed base could help them drive larger streams of long-term recurring revenue. Historically, 3D printing consumables have carried a higher gross profit margin than the actual printers, which could help offset potential profitability headwinds as a result of declining printer average selling prices.

Patent risk? Check!In recent years, a variety of patents related to stereolithography, selective laser sintering, and fused deposition modeling 3D printing processes have expired. In every instance, it invited new competition that democratized access to 3D printing technologies previously reserved for the higher end of the market.

On the stereolithography front, Formlabs $3,299 Form 1+ offers professional-level stereolithography 3D printing in a desktop package — a technology that can fetch over $100,000 at3D Systems(NYSE:DDD)on the high end. Granted, 3D Systems high-end stereolithography systems are significantly more capable in terms of use cases than a desktop-oriented 3D printer, but the process itself is fundamentally the same between the Form 1+ and 3D Systems high-end stereolithography 3D printers. In other words, thanks to patent expirations, stereolithography 3D printing technology is now available for a significantly lower cost.

The same could be said on the selective laser sintering front withThe OpenSLS project, an open-source selective laser sintering project that developed a working SLS 3D printer for $15,000 — pennies compared to the more than $500,000 many vendors charge for their high-end SLS systems.

And who can forget the birth of the 3D printing maker movement, when patents aroundStratasys(NASDAQ:SSYS)fused deposition modeling expired?

In the coming year, additional stereolithography and SLS patents will expire, and although it remains unclear exactly how this will affect the 3D printing industry at large, it seems likely to further democratize access to previously patent-protected 3D printing technologies.

The threat of disruption? Check!Compared to traditional manufacturing, 3D printing as a manufacturing process is inferior in terms of speed, surface quality, and the number of applications it can target. Arguably, these shortcomings make the industry ripe for disruption, and the prospect of a breakthrough 3D printing technology rendering existing technologies inferior likely remains high.

Aware of 3D printings shortcomings, HP has plans toenter the spacein 2016 with a homegrown technology its calling Multi Jet Fusion, which it claims is up to 10 times faster than current material extrusion and SLS technologies. Perhaps more important than the implications of HP entering the space and the impact it may have is the reality that theres nothing to stop an innovative 3D printing technology from an external source hitting the market and making other 3D printing companies technologies appear inferior. Of course, these companies R&D budgets are aimed at preventing disruption to some degree by developing new technologies and patents, but it isnt a foolproof business strategy.

Goodbye, industry profits?The moral of the story is that high-growth industries have a tendency to attract new competition, and when theres enough new competition, it can severely impact industry profits. This is especially true in industries where patents do not sufficiently protect entrenched players.

Unfortunately, its unclear if there will eventually betoomuch competition in the 3D printing industry for entrenched companies to make sufficient profits over the long term. However, given the industrys strong growth trajectory, likelihood of increasing competition, key patents expiring, and threat of technological disruption, investors shouldnt rule out the possibility that profits may be difficult to come by for 3D printing companies in the long run.

After all, robust industry growth has yet to show up on the bottom line — in the form of profits — for many publicly traded companies in the space. As a result, 3D printing investors are beingpromisedearnings growth in the future, but lets be clear: Delivering on a promise isnt guaranteed here. In the end, no one knows how this will all play out, and maybe not every area or 3D printing company will be affected by this potential industrywide risk.

Investors seeking to gain exposure to the industry and lower the risks outlined in this article could explore focusing on technology-agnostic businesses, like pure-play 3D printing service providers that simply adopt leading technologies rather than manufacture them. This approach could help lower the risks facing more traditional companies, because service providers can simply adapt to changes in the landscape more easily by introducing 3D printing-related services around new technologies.

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How long does it take to build a house? Obviously it depends on the size of the house and other factors, but somewhere around six or seven months is a good estimate. Chinese construction companyHuaShang Tengdathinks thats pretty funny, and have essentially laughed in the face of traditional construction by 3D printing a 400-square-meter, two-story house in a mere month and a half.

Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda is a major competitor of fellow Chinese construction companyWinSun, which weve followed in the past since theysurprised us with their 3D printed homes, including a six-story apartment building and a mansion. Not long after that, WinSuns reputation was tarnished by quite of bit of controversy when Dr. Berokh Khoshnevis, creator of the revolutionaryContour Craftingtechnique of 3D printing buildings, stated that the Shanghai company hadblatantly stolen his patented technologyand were passing it off as their own. Moreover, Dr. Khoshnevis said, WinSuns claim that they were 3D printing entire homes was untrue; in fact, they were 3D printing small sections of walls and then cobbling them together on-site using other construction methods.

HuaShang Tengda appears to besomething differentaltogether. Their two-story villa was printed entirely on-site in a unique process that looks quite different from other 3D printed construction techniques weve seen. The team first erects the frame of the house, complete with rebar support and plumbing pipes, and then prints over it with their gigantic 3D printer, which only recently completed testing after several years of development. The printer, as seen in the video below, has a sort of forked extruder that simultaneously lays concrete on both sides of the structural material, swallowing it up and encasing it securely within the walls.

The printing material itself is ordinary Class C30 concrete, an extremely tough, durable yet inexpensive material, and HuaShang Tengda states that any cement material can be used with the process, so that other construction firms can take advantage of what is locally available. Twenty tons of the concrete were used to print the 250cm-thick walls of the villa, and seismic testing showed that the structure should be capable of withstanding an earthquake as strong as 8 on the Richter scale thats a strength that has flattened cities.

The technology, according to HuaShang Tengda, was developed entirely in-house and is controlled by custom-designed software that consists of four systems: an electronic ingredient formulating system, a concrete mixing system, a transmission system and a 3D printing system.  The versatile printer, the company says, can be used to print buildings of any size and shape, including high-rise apartment buildings as well as structures with unconventional shapes that wouldnt be feasible with other construction methods.

(This technology) will have immeasurable social benefits, HuaShang Tengda states. Particularly the use of the new rural construction can now improve farmers living conditions. Because of its speed, low cost, simple and environmentally friendly raw materials, (it can) generally improve the quality of peoples lives.If to be used in developing countries, international competitive bidding in a great competitive advantage, the use of mechanical devices to reduce administrative costs and operating costs.

I hesitate to use too many superlatives when talking about a new process, machine or material; weve heard a lot of 3D printing-related inventions described as being the next thing to turn a particular industry on its head, and thats not always the case. WinSuns claims turned out to be too good to be true, but HuaShangs technology really does look like the real thing. Beyond the speed and low cost of the process, the fact that it can allegedly withstand all but the very strongest of earthquakes could save millions of lives an idea that should be very appealing indeed to earthquake-prone China and many other regions. Watch the process for yourself below, and discuss further over in theTwo-Story 3D Printed Villaforum at .

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Texas company makes metal gun with 3-D printer

Updated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT) November 9, 2013

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Solid Concepts is a licensed firearm manufacturer

The company has made a version of an M1911 from stainless steel with a 3-D printer

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Some fear 3-D printing will let criminals make their own weapons

A Texas company says it has made the first metal gun using a 3-D printer, taking the debate over peoples emerging ability to create their own firearms to a new level.

Solid Concepts, a specialty manufacturing company, said in a blog post it has fired more than 50 rounds from the handgun, even hitting a few bulls-eyes at more than 30 yards.

The pistol is a version of an M1911, a handgun designed by John Browning and first used widely in the latter stages of combat stemming from the Philippine-American War. Its built from 33 mostly stainless-steel parts and has a carbon-fiber handgrip carved with a laser.

The 3-D-printed metal gun proves that 3-D printing isnt just making trinkets and Yoda heads, the company said in the blog post.

Solid Concepts went out of its way Friday to point out that producing the metal gun isnt meant to advance a trend that worries law enforcement and some politicians. As 3-D printers become more widespread and affordable, some envision a near future in which criminals can crank out untraceable weapons without having to leave their homes.

Let me start out by saying one, very important thing: This is not about desktop 3-D printers, Alyssa Parkinson, a spokeswoman for the company, wrote in the blog post.

The metal gun wasnt a move toward making firearms with a 3-D printer cheaper or more accessible, she wrote.

Basic 3-D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2, can be bought for around $2,000. But Solid Concepts used a specialized, high-end printer whose cost would be out of reach of most people.

The industrial printer we used costs more than my college tuition (and I went to a private university), Parkinson said. And the engineers who run our machines are top of the line; they are experts who know what theyre doing and understand 3-D printing better than anyone in this business.

Solid Concepts wanted to show that 3-D printing is more than just hobbyists churning out plastic doodads — its a viable option for serious commercial use.

Its a common misconception that 3-D printing isnt accurate or strong enough, and were working to change peoples perspectives, Kent Firestone, a vice president at the company, said ina statement.

In May, a nonprofit group, also from Texas, stirred far more controversy when it posted a video of thelive firing of a plastic handgun created with a 3-D printer.

Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old self-described anarchist, posted instructions on how to make the gun online through his nonprofit group, Defense Distributed.

Those instructions were taken down after the U.S. State Departmentsent the group a cease-and-desist letter. The groups website was shut down shortly afterward.

Solid Concepts is a licensed firearm manufacturer. It

said one use for its new capabilities with 3-D printers may be selling replacement parts for handguns.