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Making “The 3D Revolution” Work For You

Jon Brown Jon Brown, Stockhouse
0 Comments| August 21, 2019


What started as a method to create prototypes, toys and trinkets is shaping up to be a revolutionary means to potentially change every aspect of our lives.

Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, as it is more commonly known, is where a physical object is printed from a 3-D digital model. The object is created in a series of layers and can be anything from a prosthetic hand to a piece of a house. It has been adopted by such companies as GE (NYSE: GE), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and BMW (ETR: BMW) for industrial production and scale. Different metals such as titanium, steel, nickel, aluminum and cobalt alloys which have various properties are used to make high-performance parts, specifically in the aerospace industry. There have also been 3-D printable applications for thermoplastics and ceramics.
 
A 3-D revolution

For a visual look at how this works on a large scale, Tech Insider released a video where a home was 3-D printed and the goal is to produce homes like this in less than 24 hours.



3-D printing offers a lot of benefit for a wide number of companies:
 
  • Lower resource requirement
  • Faster production cycle
  • Flexible design
  • Guaranteed uniform production
  • Significant savings on tooling
 
 
Print by numbers
 
A new report from Reports and Data pegs the global additive manufacturing market to reach $23.33 Billion (USD) by 2026, growing at a high rate of 14.4%.

The US holds the maximum share in the North American market, followed by Canada. Developed regions such as the US and countries in Western Europe are projected to be key-revenue generating regions for the additive manufacturing market, with a lion’s share of 73% in 2018. The interest from industry giants for the production of small, complex and lightweight components is anticipated to drive industry growth.

Advancements in metal 3-D printing technology are projected to open up new horizons for lighter, safer and cleaner products which will create lucrative opportunities for the market.
 
 
Building investments
 
Additive manufacturing has clear growth potential and the attention of major companies, now the trick for investors is to find operators that are using this unique technology in a way that is even more distinct than the giant players.

To diversify your portfolio, here are two companies covered by Stockhouse:

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX: V.PYR)

A master of “plasma” (a state of matter that is highly mailable but also durable) that uses proprietary tech across multiple sectors. PYR has a number of high-level deals in place and was covered in a multi-part series by Stockhouse earlier this year.

GrapheneCA (Private: GRCA)

Graphene: Dubbed the “miracle material”, its 100 times stronger than steel, but flexible like plastic. GrapheneCA is an industrial-scale materials producer and supply company who delivers high-quality graphene products (from paste, to flakes and compounds) to industrial partners across the globe. For more on this, check out Stockhouse’s recent coverage.


FULL DISCLOSURE: PyroGenesis Canada Inc. and GrapheneCA are clients of Stockhouse Publishing.




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