Distributed Manufacturing

Kornit Digital Stock for Digital Textile Printing

We learned everything we know about fashion from watching the movie Zoolander. In other words, we don’t know much about the world of runway models and runaway fashion trends. It’s a joke we’ve made before when researching startups using artificial intelligence for selecting and designing fashion apparel. This fashionable use of AI got a ton […]

Protolabs Stock vs. Xometry Stock. And the Winner Is?

Here’s a thought exercise. Let’s say you invested in a stock that you believed was the market leader. Later, another company goes public which looks attractive – high growth and challenging the leader. The leader’s growth stalls and share price plummets. You’re underwater holding the “leader” and missing out on the upside of the challenger. […]

Investing in 5 Manufacturing on Demand Stocks

Studies show that investors feel the pain of a loss twice as hard as they feel the joy of a gain. Another psychological phenomenon is feeling strong emotions before any gain or loss has been realized. Until you sell a position to realize profits or losses, you really shouldn’t feel anything. But we all know […]

Xometry Stock – An On-Demand Manufacturing Marketplace

Anyone who decides to spend a few bricks on bee school will quickly become acquainted with the Harvard Business School (HBS) Case Method. It starts with a “case study,” a 10-20 page document written from the viewpoint of a real person leading a real organization. The aspiring leaders of tomorrow then use Google to try […]

Why We’re Long Protolabs Stock But Not Shapeways Stock

It’s bad enough that the market seems to be completely ignoring The Rona which is decimating the trillion-dollar travel industry and – one could argue – has caused the price of agricultural products to skyrocket. But another lingering effect of the pandemic is that it gives everyone a pretty good excuse. Just listen to the […]

Smart Manufacturing Startup Builds AI OS for Industry 4.0

Smart manufacturing. Industry 4.0. Smart factories. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Manufacturing on demand. The list of buzzwords around how the world will completely digitize the manufacture of every widget imaginable goes on and on. These factories of the future will link every machine and robot, each mapped down to the micron in a cloud-based […]

Six Manufacturing-as-a-Service Companies

Computer-aided design has been giving us digital twins long before the term became mainstream. The ability to design something digitally and then create it in the real world has been around for a while. What’s changed is the variety of materials and lot sizes you can choose from, and speed at which you can do […]

A 3D Printing Stock With Diversified Business Lines

The herd behaves in strange ways. Last time we looked, data science stock Alteryx was down -40% because they revised guidance. Like that was some big shocker. We all know about “the rona.” We know the entire global economy has taken a dramatic productivity hit. Yet, we all act surprised when a company revises guidance […]

Ten 3D Printing Startups That Took Funding in 2019

It’s that time of year again where we talk about how disappointed we are with the poor performance of the current crop of 3D printing stocks, pinning our hopes on the next generation of 3D printing startups to fulfill the promise of the much-hyped technology. The latest publicly traded 3D printing company, SmileDirectClub (SDC), cut […]

Is Protolabs a 3D Printing Stock Yet?

We recently wrote about the dismal performance of 3D printing stocks which might be explained by a shift in the business model for the 3D printing industry from a 3D printer on every corner to what we used to call “3D printing bureaus.” It’s a revolution for the manufacturing industry, something that’s now being called […]