5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: 3D Systems

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, three-dimensional printer maker 3D Systems (NYS: DDD) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 3D Systems' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

3D Systems facts

Headquarters (founded) Rock Hill, S.C. (1986)
Market Cap $1.6 billion
Industry Computer hardware
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $260.5 million
Management CEO Abraham Reichental
Founder/Chief Technology Officer Dr. Charles Hull
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 12%
Cash / Debt $60.0 million / $139.7 million
Competitors Dassault Systemes
Delcam
Stratasys

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 778 members who have rated 3D Systems believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, hecticelectron, tapped 3D Systems as a particularly potent growth opportunity:

Rapid prototyping is already a boon for industrial design. Long term, as machines become smaller and cheaper, 3-D printing has the potential to be a revolution as big as desktop publishing was in the '80s and '90s. 3-D Systems is in a good position to ride that wave.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of and has written calls on 3D Systems. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Stratasys, Dassault Systemes, and 3D Systems. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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