3D Printing vs. 3D Metrology
Its all about the .000's in the dimensions of the products being printed.
XONE, SSYS, AMAVF, & DDD as the 3D Printing manufacturing demands get more detailed intensive they will look at either partnerships with 3D Metrology companies or outright buyouts of these companies in my personal opinion.
One company to put on your watch list as a potential big mover heading into 2014 and beyond is the Helix 3D Sensor innovator Perceptron, Inc. (PRCP).
The company just recently reported earnings and Helix has already made a major impact on its earnings.
In the Earnings report the company reported:
Net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 were $20.7 million, while income from continuing operations was $4.0 million, or $0.46 per diluted share.
"Operationally, we recently completed the release of all five standoffs in the Helix® family of sensors. The release of the additional sensors will increase the opportunities and the scope of customer applications we can address using our Helix technology. Sales and bookings utilizing Helix technology in fiscal year 2013 met our expectations and are ramping-up well. In the fourth quarter, approximately 19% of our bookings and 11% of our sales were from projects utilizing Helix technology."
Harry Rittenour, Perceptron's President and CEO, states, "Our Helix™ solution is the most significant development in sensor technology in the past 15 years, and represents a quantum leap in 3D metrology. Nothing comparable exists in the market today. Helix™ will provide our customers with a powerful tool for overcoming the challenges they face on a daily basis and a means to successfully implement their most far-reaching and innovative strategies for the future."
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