There is no doubt that 2015 was a rough year for 3D printing stocks. While many consumer-focused 3D printer manufacturers are small and privately held, the larger publicly traded companies all lost significant value in 2015.
The stock of 3D Systems, which makes the CubePro along with other professional 3D printers, lost 74% of its value from the beginning of 2015. It has recovered a bit since then, but still is far from its peak. The company is optimistic, with sales forecasts showing a 21% increase from last year.
Stratasys, which many people are familiar with through their acquisition of MakerBot in 2013, had similarly poor results in 2015 with a 72% drop in price. The company, which also produces a number of 3D printer models for professional use, has continued its slide in 2016, losing an additional 22% of its value so far.
The ExOne Company
The ExOne Company makes 3D printers for industrial and research use. Their shares lost 40% of their value in 2015 after missing analyst estimates in the first two quarters and reducing their forecast. They have continued their slide so far in 2016, dropping another 11% since the beginning of the year.
German-based Voxeljet AG also took a major hit in 2015, with shares sliding 45% over the year. The company, which makes 3D printers for the industrial market, has held steady so far in 2016.
With this tremendous loss of value, it may be an opportune time for investors to dive back into the 3D printing space. InvestorPlace.com speculates that at least 3D Systems, ExOne and Voxeljet could make comebacks in 2016. Although it is hard to predict, we’ll be watching to see if 3D printing is poised to emerge from the “trough of disillusionment” and start generating returns for shareholders.