Forbes 3D Systems
3D Systems is already one of the best-known brands in the 3D printing industry, and now it appears the company could rank alongside tech sector heavyweights as far as its fame and prestige is concerned.
A table compiled by influential Forbes Magazine shows 3D Systems is in the top four of its table of the fastest-growing technology enterprises in the US in 2013.
Appearing in the June 24th issue of the economics and wealth periodical 3D Systems has been ranked as the fourth-most rapidly expanding tech company in the world's largest economy.
The accompanying article stated: "Printing 3D objects from scratch is one of the hottest growth ideas in tech, and 3D Systems is a top seller of the machines."
3D Systems' latest 12-month sales figure was revealed as $378 million (£240.6 million, €283.1 million), while its latest 12-month sales growth was 45 per cent.
Number one on the list was business networking platform LinkedIn - which has a 12-month sales figure of $1.1 billion - social network heavyweight Facebook ($5.4 billion) and Californian behemoth Apple ($169.1 billion). Fellow 3D printing giant Stratasys did not feature on the list, which named 25 companies in total.
This is the list of America's Fastest Growing Tech Companies' 11th year and was compiled using 2,100 traded technology firms' figures, with Forbes analysts only selecting profitable outfits with a minimum revenue of $150 million and a market cap of more than $500 million. List membership requires a sales growth of at least ten per cent for each of the past financial years and over the last 12 months, in addition to estimated earnings growth by more than ten per cent over the next three-to-five years.
Since 2003, a market-cap-weighted basket of each of Forbes Fast Tech 25 has beaten the NASDAQ, except for in 2005, 2006 and 2012.