Is the potential finally being released?
In July 2021, we launched our 3D Printing theme, or additive manufacturing as it is also called, and the key backdrop for the theme is the great potential for more efficient and lightweight manufacturing coupled with software simulations. But the industry has suffered from many false starts since it was commercialized back in the late 1980s.
This year’s performance is as of yesterday’s close +1-9% making our 3D Printing theme basket the fourth best performing basket. However, the past year has seen a 51.4% decline making it the third worst performing basket only surpassed by cannabis (-62.3%) and bubble stocks (-51.6%). The industry is optimistic on 2022, and the pandemic has probably a welcoming tailwind for the industry as global supply chain issues could accelerate more domestic production in the developed world which requires efficient and automated processes to be viable.