Philip Saglimbeni

Proto Labs: Breaking The Mold

Over the last two years, the seemingly meteoric rise in popularity of 3D printing has remained a dominant story in the world of investing. However, with a rise in popularity comes the inevitable increase in headline risk and subsequent volatility. Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB), a producer of CNC machined/injection molded parts for prototype and low-moderate volume tooling, is often lumped in with the 3D printing stocks despite the fact that it operates a business that is quite different. The company, which remains more of a quick turn-around machining producer, is best thought of as an alternative investment to the 3D printer manufacturers, not a competitor by any means.

Much of the confusion among investors surely comes from the...

Join Seeking Alpha PRO to read this archived article and 11,574 other archived articles
IDEA GENERATORXExclusive access to 10 PRO ideas every day
INVESTING IDEAS LIBRARYXExclusive access to PRO library of more than 15,000 ideas
SECTOR EXPERT NETWORKXExclusive access to all sector experts for direct consultation
PERFORMANCE TRACKINGXTrack performance of all PRO stock ideas
PROFESSIONAL TOOLSXProfessional Idea Filters to zero-in based on industry, market cap and more
"In just the first month of using PRO, I used it to generate two ideas which were actionable for me. As a result of these two positions, I have earned more than 20 times the annual subscription costs for PRO."Michael Yagemann, Greenbridge Capital
"I am pleasantly surprised with the scope of small and mid-cap coverage PRO offers. You can't find that any where else."Patrick Rice, Mainstay Capital Management
You may cancel at any time for any reason, and receive a prompt refund for membership on months paid and not used (max. 6 months). Details