3D Systems Corp. (DDD) Rating Increased to Strong-Buy at Vetr Inc.



3D Systems Corp. (NYSE:DDD) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a $16.47 price target on the 3D printing company’s stock. Vetr‘s price target points to a potential upside of 12.12% from the company’s current price.

DDD has been the topic of several other research reports. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of 3D Systems Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, September 13th. Brean Capital reissued a “hold” rating on shares of 3D Systems Corp. in a report on Friday, November 4th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of 3D Systems Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 4th. Pacific Crest reissued a “hold” rating on shares of 3D Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday, September 13th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $16.00 target price on shares of 3D Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday, December 13th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. 3D Systems Corp. has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.04.

Analyst Recommendations for 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE:DDD)

Shares of 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE:DDD) traded down 2.72% on Wednesday, reaching $14.69. 1,697,752 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. 3D Systems Corp. has a 12-month low of $6.00 and a 12-month high of $19.76. The firm’s market cap is $1.65 billion. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $14.41 and a 200 day moving average of $14.64.


3D Systems Corp. (NYSE:DDD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 3rd. The 3D printing company reported $0.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $156.36 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $160.16 million. 3D Systems Corp. had a negative net margin of 98.40% and a positive return on equity of 4.14%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.01 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that 3D Systems Corp. will post $0.43 earnings per share for the current year.

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A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in DDD. State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its position in shares of 3D Systems Corp. by 22.2% in the third quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 165,000 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock worth $2,962,000 after buying an additional 30,000 shares in the last quarter. Emerald Acquisition Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of 3D Systems Corp. during the second quarter worth approximately $543,000. Cortina Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of 3D Systems Corp. by 82.6% in the second quarter. Cortina Asset Management LLC now owns 114,274 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock worth $1,564,000 after buying an additional 51,685 shares in the last quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its position in shares of 3D Systems Corp. by 42.8% in the second quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 250,691 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock worth $3,432,000 after buying an additional 75,163 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its position in shares of 3D Systems Corp. by 13.9% in the second quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 14,771 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock worth $202,000 after buying an additional 1,805 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 48.62% of the company’s stock.

About 3D Systems Corp.

3D Systems Corporation is a holding company. The Company provides three-dimensional (3D) products and services, including 3D printers, print materials, parts services and digital design and manufacturing tools. Its ecosystem supports applications from the product design shop to the factory floor to the operating room.

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2D and 3D Printing Speeds Could Be Increased 1000x Thanks to Research from Penn State

3dp_3ds_pennstate_penn_logoPenn State University has been responsible for some major advances in research, with members of both the faculty and the student body producing incredible work in, among many fields, 3D technologies. Partnerships with leading companies and proximity to high-tech facilities allow for continued growth in studies at this prestigious institute, which is behind a number of advances. As quickly as news continues to pour in from this university, the latest offers a look at something even quicker — an advance set to increase the speed of both 2D and 3D printing processes. Not just any speedy enhancement, the team from Penn State is researching a technique that can increase printing speeds by up to a thousand times.

“A major technological advance in the field of high-speed beam-scanning devices has increased the speed of 2D and 3D printing by up to 1000 times, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Engineering,” Rebekka Coakley writes at Penn State News.

Three order increase in scanning speed of space charge-controlled KTN deflector by eliminating electric field induced phase transition in nanodisordered KTN,” recently published in Nature Scientific Report, offers insights into the research team’s processes and findings. The research was led by electrical engineering professor Shizhuo (Stuart) Yin, working with Robert Hoffman from Maryland’s Army Research Laboratory as well as Penn State graduate students Wenbin Zhu, Ju-Hung Chao, and Chang-Jiang Chen.

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The paper’s fairly dense abstract explains the project:

“In this paper, we report a three orders-of-magnitude increase in the speed of a space-charge-controlled KTN beam deflector achieved by eliminating the electric field-induced phase transition (EFIPT) in a nanodisordered KTN crystal. Previously, to maximize the electro-optic effect, a KTN beam deflector was operated at a temperature slightly above the Curie temperature. The electric field could cause the KTN to undergo a phase transition from the paraelectric phase to the ferroelectric phase at this temperature, which causes the deflector to operate in the linear electro-optic regime. Since the deflection angle of the deflector is proportional to the space charge distribution but not the magnitude of the applied electric field, the scanning speed of the beam deflector is limited by the electron mobility within the KTN crystal. To overcome this speed limitation caused by the EFIPT, we propose to operate the deflector at a temperature above the critical end point. This results in a significant increase in the scanning speed from the microsecond to nanosecond regime, which represents a major technological advance in the field of fast speed beam scanners. This can be highly beneficial for many applications including high-speed imaging, broadband optical communications, and ultrafast laser display and printing.”

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From the paper: (a) An illustration of an EO KTN crystal based switchable half-wave plate. (b) The experimentally measured response time of the refractive index change of the KTN crystal as a function of the applied electric field at 26 °C (red) and 31 °C (black).

Whew. To break this down a bit, it’s important first to note that a KTN beam deflector is essentially a crystal, made of potassium tantalate and potassium niobate (or potassium tantalate niobate, abbreviated as KTN), with a large electro-optic effect. The researchers found that at higher temperatures than previously used, a nanodisordered KTN crystal’s electric field-induced phase transition can be eliminated. The Curie point is the “temperature at which certain magnetic materials undergo a sharp change in their magnetic properties,” explains the Encyclopædia Britannica. Exceeding not only this temperature point but also the critical end point (defined as “the set of conditions under which a liquid and its vapour become identical”), the team discovered that scanning speeds were sped up dramatically.

“Basically, when the crystal materials are applied to an electric field, they generate uniform reflecting distributions, that can deflect an incoming light beam. We conducted a systematic study on indications of speed and found out the phase transition of the electric field is one of the limiting factors,” explained Dr. Yin.

Speeds of scanning then move from the range of microseconds up to nanoseconds. The team noted that this offers speed enhancements to printing (both 2D and 3D), ultrafast laser display, high-speed imaging, and broadband optical communications. To put this speed into perspective, Dr. Yin explained that 20,000 pages 2D printed would take just one minute — while a previously one-hour 3D printing job could be cut down to seconds.

“The optical beam deflector is widely adopted in many fields including imaging, printing, sensing, displays, and telecommunications,” the researchers state in their paper, pointing to the myriad applications set to benefit from this study.

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From the paper: (a) An illustration of the experimental setup used to measure the response time of the space charge-controlled KTN beam deflector. (b) The experimentally measured response time of the space charge-controlled KTN beam deflector at 26 °C (near the Curie temperature, the electric field-induced phase transition occurred) and 31 °C (well above the Curie temperature, with no electric field induced phase transition in this case).

Dr. Yin pointed out that medical applications in particular could see significant benefits, as high-speed imaging could be done in real time. Non-invasive imaging using light waves could be used during surgical procedures to produce live 3D images of patients, allowing for on-the-spot understanding and correction.

“In conclusion,” the researchers finish their paper, “we found that the electric field-induced phase transition plays a significant role in determining the scanning speed of a space charge-controlled KTN beam deflector. In the electric field-induced ferroelectric phase, although there could be an electric field-induced refractive index change, the refractive index change gradient remained constant as long as there was no change in the stored charge density. In this case, the response time of a KTN beam deflector is limited by the electron mobility in the KTN crystal even in the presence of the pre-injected and trapped electrons. Thus, for very high-speed nanosecond scale applications, one must avoid the electric field-induced ferroelectric phase by operating the KTN beam deflector at a temperature not only above the Curie point but also above the critical end point. This results in a three orders-of-magnitude increase in the scanning speed from the microsecond to the nanosecond regime; this represents a major technological advance in the field of high speed beam scanning devices. This improvement can be very useful for many applications such as high speed optical coherence tomography, ultrafast reconfiguration free-space optical communications, and ultrafast laser display and printing.”

For full details, you can read the entire paper here.

[Source: Penn State]

3D Systems Co. (DDD) Stake Increased by Douglas C. Lane & Associates Inc.

Douglas C. Lane & Associates Inc. raised its stake in 3D Systems Co. (NYSE:DDD) by 28.9% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 715,043 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock after buying an additional 160,125 shares during the period. Douglas C. Lane & Associates Inc. owned about 0.64% of 3D Systems worth $6,214,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Creative Planning boosted its position in 3D Systems by 146.0% in the fourth quarter. Creative Planning now owns 115,430 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock valued at $1,003,000 after buying an additional 68,500 shares during the period. Quantitative Systematic Strategies bought a new position in 3D Systems during the fourth quarter valued at $305,000. McQueen, Ball & Associates bought a new position in 3D Systems during the fourth quarter valued at $109,000. Finally, Simplex Trading boosted its position in 3D Systems by 15.6% in the fourth quarter. Simplex Trading now owns 713 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock valued at $285,000 after buying an additional 96 shares during the period.

3D Systems Co. (NYSE:DDD) traded up 8.05% during trading on Thursday, hitting $9.13. 4,496,904 shares of the stock were exchanged. 3D Systems Co. has a 52 week low of $6.00 and a 52 week high of $33.17. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $8.44 and its 200 day moving average is $10.94. The firm’s market cap is $1.02 billion.

DDD has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of 3D Systems from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 7th. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $12.00 price objective (down previously from $13.00) on shares of 3D Systems in a research report on Monday, October 19th. Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective (down previously from $17.00) on shares of 3D Systems in a research report on Thursday, October 29th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “hold” rating and issued a $10.00 price objective on shares of 3D Systems in a research report on Sunday, November 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $14.00 price objective on shares of 3D Systems in a research report on Monday, November 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. 3D Systems currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $21.56.

In other 3D Systems news, Director G Walter Loewenbaum II purchased 30,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 30th. The shares were bought at an average price of $9.10 per share, for a total transaction of $273,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 984,810 shares in the company, valued at $8,961,771. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

3D Systems Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of three-dimensional (NYSE:DDD) printing centric solutions. It provides 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts.

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