Recent

% | $
Quotes you view appear here for quick access.

Proto Labs, Inc. Message Board

SortNewest  |  Oldest  |  Highest Rated Expand all messages
  • Reply to

    How about a target for HP

    by chieffrancar Jun 5, 2015 10:57 AM

    We can only hope....this has been a very disappointing investment and shorts continue to rule the day.

  • Reply to

    How about a target for HP

    by chieffrancar Jun 5, 2015 10:57 AM

    Always possible, but I doubt it would happen, for a very simple reason. While Proto Labs has an excellent future, they aren't a 3d printer company. Rather, Proto Labs is a manufacturer that uses, among other things, 3d printing for 6-7% of its products. The only 3d printer technology they have is Fineline, which is pretty small and doesn't exactly complement any of HPQ existing technology.

    More likely would be a merger with a company like Stratasys. Both are based in Minneapolis and are complementary in the sense that Stratasys currently has the largest 3d printing service bureau in the US. Combined, the two would have manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe and Asia and somewhere around 60,000 clients, and growing. Stratasys would obviously integrate their printers into PRLB factories and PRLB could add some traditional manufacturing to Stratasys Direct, as needed. There wouldn't be a lot of redundancy. Over half a million in combined cash and almost no debt.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Will Meg Whitman buy her way into the 3D services business while move HP into 3D printers? I wounder if Meg knows Vicky Holt?

  • Reply to

    My 3D Printed Day.....

    by gothzillaman Apr 25, 2015 3:08 AM

    Proto Labs does very little 3D printing- around 6% of their revenue. Most of what they do is traditional manufacturing, machining, milling etc.

    3D printing is very, very useful in the industrial world. However, It will take a good five to ten years before the consumer sees the relevance of this technology.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Got up a little late this morning.....3D printed a hot cup of coffee, and stirred in a little half-n-half with a
    direct-laser-sintered metal spoon. Was short on cash, and with no time to go to the bank....just 3D printed a stack of $100 dollar bills to tide me over...until I had time to 3D print a Much Larger Stack of the same.

    Was gonna go to work, but with the ability to 3D print as much currency as I need...figured going to work is for losers...or should I say loosers for many on these message boards.

    Got darn hungry by mid-afternoon, so printed out a 2" thick filet mignon....and set the printing parameters to medium-rare and Chicago-style to suit my tastes, and completely by-passed the old fashioned ways of grass-feeding cattle and using a grill. Made some selective laser sintered nylon sauteed spinach and twice-printed fully loaded baked potatoes for side dishes. Dessert was a delightful stereo-lithography dish of gelato.

    Got real lonely by mid-evening....so created a CAD file of a super-hot blond about 30 years younger than I and printed out a half-scale model....for conversation only.

    This 3D stuff has really been helpful for me. Just wondering how others have found it useful in their own lives. Always looking for new applications!

  • At least four downgrades in the last week, a tepid quarter (I suppose), and bad report from 3D all add up to rush to the exits. Shorts having their way for now...but this thing is resilient, so I'm looking for it to hold the line at 71until its bright prospects are more fully appreciated (assuming the broad market doesn't have a bad hiccup)!

  • GE has always had a strong presence in the industrial services sector. But with the recent news that they are divesting there financial holdings, they will likely wind up with a lot of cash they will have to put to use. So who knows? This is just the sort of thing they would likely want to be getting into.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • I'd rather see PRLB grow on its own, but of course it's not my decision to make. Yeah, this company does have serious acquisition potential.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • This company has phenomenal future potential. The best thing is, they'll never be rendered obsolete by new technology. As a company with multiple factories that simply receives CAD files, mills, molds or prints these files into objects using whatever resin, metal or alloy the customer wants, and then sends the produced order back within 2 days to two weeks, Proto Labs has an economic moat built from titanium.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

Must Watch
PRLB
68.35+0.05(+0.07%)9:30 AMEDT