3D printing technology manufacturer Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS) has recently announced the acquisition of the Origin start-up, which is operating in the promising direction of three-dimensional printing. The news resulted in a surge of 8.35 percent in SSYS stock bringing its price to $19.08 on December 9.
The Origin, which owns custom photopolymer printing technology, was acquired by Stratasys. When exposed to ultraviolet light, this method of printing uses a liquid resin that hardens. A special LCD screen produces a light matrix from which “grows” the finished portion. There are a range of benefits to this technology: high precision and the potential to manufacture several items at once, as it does not require the extruder to be physically relocated, as with a traditional 3D printer.
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A large number of photopolymer resins are available, and the Origin P3 printing technology has ample mass production opportunities. In particular, Stratasys collaborated with Origin to print plastic swabs for Covid-19 sampling.
For Stratasys, this is not only an acquisition of useful technologies, but also a rise in sales of $200 million over the next five years. The acquisition would, however has a detrimental effect on Stratasys’ profitability, which has been experiencing losses for seven years. The business itself expects profitability to be reached no earlier than 2023.
The purchase was taken positively by investors, as investments in Stratasys are generally considered to be long-term. The new 3D printing large-scale manufacturing technology will deliver revenue growth for Stratasys, which supports the optimistic expectations of long-term investors.
Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS) was stable on Monday with a rise of just 0.19 percent to close the trading session at $21.16. However, the stock was up 7.68 percent over the week, while it has added 4.62 percent since the beginning of the year. Market capitalization of the company currently stands at $1.16 billion.