3D Systems (DDD) Shares Rally After Sale of STEAMtrax Unit to Polar 3D

Shares of 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) were trading up +1.36 or +8.19 percent to $17.96 per share in Thursday’s premarket after the company announced late yesterday that it would be offloading its unit STEAMtrax to Polar 3D for an undisclosed amount. 3D Systems stock closed at $16.60 per share, down -0.03 or -0.18 percent in Wednesday’s regular trading session.

Founded in 1986 in Valencia, California by Chuck Hull, the inventor of 3D printing, Rock Hill, South Carolina based 3D Systems was the first to commercialize 3D printing technology in 1989 with its Stereolithography or SLA printer.
The company invented and commercialized Selective Laser Sintering or SLS printing in 1992. The company’s next innovation was Multijet Printing or MJP, which it commercialized in 1996. 3D Systems then pioneered scan-based design, releasing Geomagic Design X or XOR software in 2006. The company offers a wide array of 3D printer products and services, digital design tools and on-demand parts services for a range of industries including the aerospace, automotive, fashion, electronic and medical fields.

In a transaction where the financial details were kept confidential, 3D Systems completed the sale of its STEAMtrax unit to Ohio-based company, Polar 3D yesterday. The move is in keeping with 3D Systems strategy to move away from consumer level 3D printers.

The transaction includes the STEAMtrax technology, customers and team, with former Chief Executive of STEAMtrax Dee Kerr joining Polar 3D as its president. STEAMtrax is an online STEAM-based curriculum which integrates 3D printing technology with Computer Aided Design or CAD, engineering and CAD modeling with fundamental academics such as science, the arts, languages, mathematics and social studies.

Hugh Evans, Vice President for Corporate Development and Ventures at 3D Systems said, “We are pleased to have found such a suitable home for STEAMtrax and will continue to support its growth. We are impressed with the design of the Polar desktop printer, the power behind the Polar Cloud, and the company’s focus on education.”

3D Systems is currently in a restructuring phase, with plans to channel more resources in developing profitable areas in industrial and professional markets. The company recently announced it would cease production of its entry-level consumer 3D printer, the Cube.

STEAMtrax had integrated its 3D design, scanning and printing programs to the now discontinued Cube 3D printer and Sense Scanner. The platform can aide in the creation of customized curricula with thematic, problem-based storylines that can make education relevant and entertaining.

3D Systems stock is in the process of recovering since dropping under $7 per share in January. The stock was trading over $32 per share one year ago and is currently making a significant comeback with the company’s restructuring. The 3D printing business is forecast to increase as the general economy continues to improve and with 3D Systems leading position in the market, its stock will continue to appreciate.

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Published on Apr 14, 2016
By Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk enjoyed a 12-year professional financial markets career incorporating extensive first hand futures and options experience obtained by trading in the stock, commodity and forex markets on U.S. exchanges. Since retiring as a full-time financial market professional, he has been actively trading stock, commodities, forex and options for his own account and managing funds for others, as well as writing financial market commentary and educational articles.

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