Consumer 3D Sector Already Floundering?


Are 3D printers a toy or best left to the professionals?

3D Systems is discontinuing it’s desktop Cube 3D printer, effectively exiting the consumer space.  The company states that this “reflects management’s plans to focus its resources and strategic initiatives on near-term opportunities and profitability”.  Essentially it’s cost cutting and prioritizing resources to the currently more lucrative professional market.  The stock (DDD) has been pretty ugly the last year or so and this type of move is not unexpected.  It just makes one wonder if there really is a consumer market “just around the corner” or if 3D printing is going to be more of a professional tool for the foreseeable future?

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