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4 Things That Are Wrong With 3D Printing Stocks

There's a lot to love about 3D printing stocks, but it's far from a perfect industry.

3DPrintingStocks.com founder Gary Anderson is impressed with the estimated CAGR of 34.9 percent and the rapid advancements in technology.

"Patent expirations will open up development by many new players, [which is] good for consumers," Anderson told Benzinga.

But more importantly, Anderson said, is how "3D printing will eventually change our lives in ways we haven't even thought of yet."

"When the PC was first introduced, few imagined that 20 years later we'd be streaming movies, or that 60 percent of retail sales would involve the web," he said, citing Forrester Research. "Likewise, I think 3D printing will generate future growth opportunities that are presently unidentified."

Those are the things that Anderson likes about 3D printing stocks. Click through the slideshow to see the things that are much less appealing.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.

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    Inaccurate Media Hype

    Inaccurate Media Hype

    Anderson said that, contrary to the headlines, you can't print anything you want.

    "We are years away from 3D bioprinting entire organs, yet some articles lead investors to believe we'll be doing it tomorrow," he said.

    "This inaccurate media hype was a big cause for the parabolic move in 3D printing stocks as unwitting investors piled into them," he added, "believing the hype that 3D printing was going to change everything, and change it tomorrow."

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    Non-GAAP Headline Numbers In Press Releases

    Non-GAAP Headline Numbers In Press Releases

    Anderson said this issue isn't limited to 3D printing stocks -- many other tech companies are guilty of this as well.

    "It misleads many retail investors and I hate it," he said.

    "The SEC has been considering a move to require IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) for U.S. companies, a move I would love to see, so 'apples to apples' comparisons can be made when investing globally."

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    3D Printers Aren't Ready For Primetime

    3D Printers Aren't Ready For Primetime

    Anderson said that, while this isn't a dislike per se, consumer-grade 3D printers just aren't ready for the market.

    "Sweeping consumer adoption levels, where more than half the U.S. population owns a 3D printer, has obstacles to overcome," he said.

    "It will happen, but not this year or next."

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    Little School System Support

    Little School System Support

    Anderson wants more public schools to offer 3D printing classes.

    "3D printing is America's opportunity to recapture much of the global manufacturing industry that we’ve lost to China," he explained.

    "As a nation, we need as many kids exposed to this technology at an early age as we can. Parents should press their public and private schools to have 3D printing offered, at least as an elective."

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