Goodbye New York

It seems to be that nowadays a great majority of us have all lived in New York at some time or another. Most of us have had that moment where we have stepped off the aircraft in what appeared was the city of dreams with the hopes of being discovered, making something of ourselves, or perhaps having the idea to start new and be accepted. But as much as it may be hard to believe, there are some of us that are born into New York City the way others are born into blue eyes, good-looks, or a muscular body. Contrary to the preconceived notion of growing up in brown-stones on the Upper East Side, with nannies and help, caretakers and maids, and sous-chefs galore, many of us grew up normal in the City, or grew up what we would fathom to be normal to any child growing up, at such a young age.And I could go on and tell you about the somewhat secret parties in hidden nightclubs and downstairs basements in gritty Chinatown areas where garbage lined the streets, and the red of the traffic lights seemed to glow much brighter than any other color, at any hour of the day. Where downtown the rules and laws of the rest of the City did not seem to quite apply like they did everywhere else, or somehow went nonchalantly unnoticed or un-enforced. The pop-up warehouse parties we attended in seedy Brooklyn areas that at that time were dangerous and unsafe, and now are a haven for artists, writers, hipsters, and trust-fund babies alike who sip overpriced lattes out of styrofoam cups in extravagant coffee shops and in the same ironic breath complain about how no one else is taking global warming seriously. Meanwhile in these dilapidated warehouses we pretended to love these kinds of parties for the alternative music, cheap alcohol, or ample space to rave, but rather secretly the fact that we were much too young to be let into anywhere else, and this was all we knew. Or all the nights of the weekend when we ventured into Astoria endlessly parading down Steinway Street into hookah shop after shop until one owner would not ID us, as we were much too young, inflate the prices quite a bit more, but undoubtedly serve us. Because that is the thing about New York; people are always looking to make extra money. And although like the rest we lived paycheck to paycheck whatever that means at such a young age, we all never really felt entirely broke. Because even if you did you always knew that were ample opportunities to pick up some extra cash out in the City like dancing at a nightclub on weekends, or being a shot-boy/girl, or going on dates with random men or women you met on sites like seekingarrangement for either a meal you could not afford, fast-cash, or hopefully both. You have had the idea of selling your prescriptions to your friends for some quick extra cash, because God knows we are all on something if we live in New York. All the while you listened to your rich friends argue about how all they were actually entitled to in life was a prescription drug problem, and their trust-fund.

The winters were always insufferably long, and the amount of sunlight you had to accomplish your daily tasks, or stop you from slipping into a spiraling depression, shortened with each breath you took. At some point the sleet would turn into snow that would turn into rain which always resulted in those sidewalk area corners you always think are the black pavement of the street, when in reality it is the leftover sludge that will keep you wet for an entire day. You aim carefully to avoid these dangerous corners, yet it always seems as you are destined for doom at one point or another.

We grew up in contempt together through those long harsh winters, just as the saying goes misery loves company. We waited months and months for the summer to come and when it did we complained once again together that it was far too overwhelmingly hot and humid, and we would welcome the cold weather back, which we did not realize how in just a few more months we would yearn for the musky summer air back. I remember a blizzard in April of ‘96, the month in which my sister was born, as I sat in the hospital staring out the omniscient windows watching the city shut down little by little, waiting for my sister to enter the world. I remember a summer heat blackout in the early 2000s in which we kids gathered all the candles from each others homes who lived on the block, and roasted marshmallows over the candles while sitting on a friends stoop, while our parents frantically panicked of the uncertainty of ever having our electric back, and all of our food spoiling. In which all the parents of the block gathered all their meat from their freezers together and grilled it to prevent spoilage and had a huge feast as we kids all jumped in a neighbors pool to cool off. I remember the endless summers where our street was closed just for a day, to have what felt like Disney out on our front yard. A day full of feasting, rides, games, clowns, fun-houses, and fire-hydrants open for splashing around. Otherwise known as the legendary block-party.

I remember the day we were all sitting in school, much like the day before or some amount of days after and the world froze. Where other teachers, and school-aides, and the like flocked into our classroom because from our floor-to-ceiling windows New Yorks original antiquated public brick schools once boasted, you could see the flames, smoke, and the horror; of something happening just five miles away. I will never forget how the silence had never sounded so deafening, and such an absence of words could be so descriptive. The look of disbelief, grief, and ambiguity that filled these adults faces that had knownon that cold September day, some of the boys and girls sitting beside me had just lost a parent.

Amidst the rest of the world that had frozen in shock and glanced at this gruesome spectacle from the comfort of their television screens at home, we evacuated our beloved school faster and quieter than any drill we had ever practiced before; the steps of us children mid-step bustling down old metal stairs, and tears screaming down my classmates faces, which made it all too loud when it was all too quiet. Days would go by after that with more and more children returning to school, dressing in all black, displaying weary looks and benigndepression.

We grew up to field trips we thought were normal for years like visiting the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Queens Zoo, the Holocaust Museum in Manhattan, pumpkin-picking and countless hay-rides at the Queens Zoo in autumn, senior trips at ranches Upstate, drug-free dances, and high school prom. No mentions of homecomings or all those serious high school sports, as space always remained a distant luxury to us. I remember a friend that I had made in college from Pennsylvania one day asking me about my homecoming, to which I did not know how to respond as I had never heard of such an event before. Instead we filled up our school schedules with activities that did not require fields and tracks but rather stages, labs, and rooms that could be transformed into creative spaces. Our schools were tall and high, having your second class on the first floor, and your third class on the fifth; and if you were lucky enough you never had to step foot in the grimy basements which were usually full of cold tile lining the walls from floor to ceiling, and somehow boasted a general scent of mold.

We grew up being told there was a world of endless possibility out there, and being in the City we believed every word of it. We believed social class or race was hardly a thing, and anyone could move around freely. Social norms, race, color, or wealth did not apply here like in other cities, and everyone was free to be whom they wanted. I remember the countless weekends of driving to the island to go to the beach to cool off, which seemed all so far yet close when you are that young. I remember the infinite drives to the house Upstate in the Catskills on those long summer weekends to escape the city and breathe the smell of freshly cut grass and pollen, which are smells I had never smelled before in the garbage encrusted streets of the City. Things seemed to be simpler then. I remember my favorite park Upstate in my town of Livingston Manor, situated in front of a gorgeous colonial-style brick school, bell tower and all, nestled along a river. It looked like an image out of a postcard, and I will never lose that sight of the river glistening on a bright hot summer day. I can still feel the burning of my hands on the sun-soaked metal monkey bars, I waited all year to climb. Or the slide that would never pass any safety regulation or inspection nowadays, I begged my parents to let me go down once more, a few dozen more times. And the endless shopping at the only store up there called Aimes, which has long ceased to exist. And I remember in autumn going to a mini golf place not so far away from our town in which we played mini-golf inside a castle, and painted the letters of names in bright paint and glitter.

When I was a bit older there was a cornucopia of Sunday brunches in which my friends and I gathered in the slightly dodgy area at the time of Alphabet City, for endless mimosas, Spanish-style omelettes, and spicy Habanero shots all for twenty or so dollars each; all the while presumably everyone else in the country outside of the City was attending church and repenting for their sins. I remember the days of staying out all day Sunday reminiscing and gossiping over Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, with no real ambition or drive, or rather any actual finite plans set for the Monday to follow.And I remember the weeks where we went out every night of the week to our favorite parties at our favorite clubs and knew everyone there, but went more to be seen and see rather than anything else.

And what I will not miss is the yellow-brown snow-slush that seemed to line the streets just moments after the actual white snow fell. Or the abundance of people constantly lining up for things, that do not even require lines. Or the bundling of layers upon layers to brave the cold. Or the fifth floor walk ups my friends on the Lower East Side boasted despite the lack of connection to a subway, purely as some obnoxious status symbol.

For I know now that for twenty-four years I have given the City my all, and it has tried ever so dearly to return the gratitude. I know that I will always remain in love with New York the way you always secretly remain in love with your first love somewhere hidden in the depth of your heart. For it is impossible for most who have migrated to the City to truly grasp and understand the city in its entirety, but for those of you that have been lucky enough to have the City share its deepest darkest secrets with you, I am sure you understand exactly what I am talking about. For if anyone asks me upon my travels where I am from, I will always smile happily and say New York City.

Say Goodbye to ‘Made-In-China

And say hello to the breakthrough technology thats launching a 21st-century industrial revolution right here in America. Business Insider calls it the next trillion dollar industry.The suits on Wall Street think this idea is too good to be true. But the guys who brought you the iPod and Amazon.com are already on board. You still have time to join them, if you act fast

Tell me if this sounds crazy. I just saw a violin appear out of thin air and play a Bach sonata.

And thats not the half of it.

Right before that, I saw someone cram a milk jug into a metal tube and pull a shoelace out at the other end. Heck, when I sat down to my desk this morning, I saw an anatomically perfect human kidney spun together on a cotton candy wheel. A surgeon used it to perform a successful transplant.

Youre right. All of those things do sound crazy! But all of them are real.

And technology experts are convinced that this is just the beginning.

Not just hackers, hobbyists, and over-caffeinated engineering professors, mind you. Were talking some of the biggest players in the big ideas business.

They saw the same incredible video demonstrations that I did, and decided they just had to get a piece of the action.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos joined an investment group that plowed $10 million of venture capital into this game changer.Google rushed their development team to make a software app for it.Hewlett Packard cut a deal with one of the two main hardware makers.The Consumer Electronics Association featured it at their 2013 extravaganza in Las Vegas, where it was named best emerging technology.The Pirate Bay — the worlds most powerful digital copyright cheater — released a manifesto declaring that intellectual property law is now obsolete and predicting the death of the factory as we know it. All because this impossible technology is now not only possible, but affordable.

Naturally, there are skeptics.

People Will Never Buy One of Those!!!— Top 10 Bonehead Technology Predictions[The telephone] is a great invention but who would want to use it?— U.S President Rutherford Hayes (1872)There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.— Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (1977)Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize [the light bulb] as a conspicuous failure.— Chairman of the American Lighthouse Board (1880)Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.— Thomas Edison (1889)The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.— internal memo to the President of RCA (1921)Who the h*** wants to hear actors talk?— one of the Warner Brothers (1927)Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant.— Canadian astronomer (1902)Television wont last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.— Producer for 20th Century Fox (1946)We dont think wed do well in the cell phone business.— Steve Jobs (2003)But what is this [microchip] good for?— IBM Engineer (1968)

When it comes to truly disruptive ideas that force us to rethink our basic assumptions about everything, there always are.

There were reasonable people who thought the light bulb, the radio, the television, and the cell phone would never be commercially successful. (See the box on the right for a good laugh.)

But thats the thing about reasonable people. When they imagine the future, they only see the present.

The truth of the matter is, the world we enjoy today is built on technologies that imagined anew future.

Technologies that transformed ordinary peoples lives by making them easier and better.

And thats exactly what this invention does.

Business Insider research analyst Pascal Gobry calls it THE NEXT TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY.

Thats trillion with a T! But even if you think Mr. Gobry is getting a little carried away, subtract an entire zero from that number, and you still get an industry as big as the medical technology industry, the digital advertising industry, and the global coffee industry.

And right now, only a few forward thinking investors understand how truly enormous this change will be.

But when were looking at an industry thats sustained a mind-blowing 26.2% annual growth rate for more than 20 years how much longer do you think that can last?

Look, Ive never been the kind of guy who gets caught up in the next big thing hype.

My name is Mark Brooks, and I publish an award-winning financial newsletter calledMotley Fool Stock Advisor.

Believe me, Ive seen a lot of next big things come along in my day. So I dont blame you if you want to look before you leap.

Here at The Motley Fool, we dont chase after hype. We look for smart investments that have outstanding long-term growth potential.

We think for ourselves, and we think you should too.

So it took me a lot of research before I clearly understood how 3D printing was going to change our world in a profound way.

More than anything, it was one conversation that changed my mind

Thats why I urge you to take the next few minutes to read this report from cover to cover.

In plain language, it breaks down this incredible technology and how it will transform everything about our economy — from manufacturing, to transportation, to healthcare, to defense, to education, to you name it.

Youll learn about the three visionary companies that are destroying the SP 500, and the one man who knows exactly when and how to invest in them.

Hes up 397.1% since making his first investment in this technology in 2008. The rest of the market returned only 44.5%. He made 107.3% with his second 3D printing investment in 2009, even better than the 73.2% return that everyone else has made since then. And hes made an incredible 339.4% by adding the third and final piece of this trillion dollar puzzle last January. (The SP grew 34.2%.)

Hes the one who convinced me this technology is for real. And that I needed the right plan if I wanted to invest in it.

What can I say? Im a believer now.

So I was nodding my head in agreement when I saw the following headline on the newsstand at the airport the other day. It was in Forbes. It said this invention

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Will Change Absolutely Everything It Touches

Are you ready to find out what it is?

I thought so. And Id hate to keep you in suspense any longer.

It all started in the early 1980s, at a small laboratory in Southern Californias canyon country.

That was right around the time that Hewlett Packard and Epson were marketing the first commercially successful desktop printers.

Skeptics at the time said no office would ever buy its own printer.

Then they said that it made no sense to put one on an employees desk.

Then they said that nobody would want one in their home. That color printing would never work. Or photo printing

But think about how much desktop printing has changed our working lives. Do you remember mimeographs? Carbon paper?

Secretaries?

Meanwhile, at that lab in the sun-kissed Santa Clarita Valley, researchers were already laying the groundwork for the next revolution.

Printing Chart 1985 and 2011

This bold advertisement predicted that desktop printers would be an $11.84 billion market by 1985. The estimate turned out to be too conservative. The market for 3D printers was over $1 billion in 2011 how big could it become by 2015? And how much could you profit?

What was it?

If you think about it, a printer is really just a nozzle that moves from side to side, spitting out or pressing ink onto a two-dimensional surface — a piece of paper.

Its not really the ink or the paper that matter, but the precision of the device, and the computer program that guides it to lay down the desired pattern.

That same computer software also powers more advanced two-dimensional printing technologies, like laser printers. And if we can print in two dimensionstheres no scientific reason why we cant also print in three dimensions.

(Click play on the video below and youll see what I mean!)

Yes, there are 3D printers. You just saw a real one in action.

And just like 2D printing did, 3D printing is exceeding expectations by rapidly becoming both cheaper and better.

Machines that cost more than $100,000 a decade ago are now selling for $1,299.

And they can now print with more than 99 different materials. Not just high quality plastics, many of which are completely recyclable (like milk jugs) or biodegradable. But also some of the most durable and useful physical materials we use in the analog world, like wood, glass, rubber, steel, and concrete. Some printers can even handle biological materials like human kidney cells. Or composites of more than two materials that create special properties like heat resistance. Some can make three dimensional objects from ordinary printer paper and even chocolate.

But who would want to print in 3D?

How about an architect building a model? Or a product designer making a prototype? Or a dentist casting a mold?

These are some of the professionals who are already gaining a competitive edge by using 3D printing technology.

(One dentist in Belgium even fabricated an entire titanium jaw and successfully implanted it in an 83-year old patient. He says there are no limits to what 3D printing can do in the medical field: We can replicate bones and even make them stronger than the original. Its like the Six Million Dollar Man.)

I know, I know.

As soon as I heard 3D I thought it was just a gimmick.

I remember those ridiculous blue and red glasses we wore at the drive-ins in the 1970s. I remember when everyone was talking about virtual reality in the 1990s. And Ive heard all the hype about todays 3D movies and 3D televisions (personally, they just make me dizzy).

But when it comes to printing, 3D actually makes sense.

In fact, it makes MORE sense than 2D printing does. Im being completely serious!

Think about it do we really need to print paper documents anymore? We can scan and email anything. I mean, I suppose well always physically sign and stamp our most important documents, like college diplomas and property deeds.

Our world just isnt made of paper anymore. And really, it never was.

Our world is made of physical objects with three-dimensional resolution.

But right now, the way we create, manipulate, and transport those objects is just as primitive as dispatching a messenger on horseback with a scroll and a wax seal.

And thats all about to change.

Scientists at Drexel University in Philadelphia are using 3D technology to create exact scale-model replicas of ancient dinosaur bones, a breakthrough that was never possible before. Another group of researchers is making shells for homeless hermit crabs. (They like the printed shells even better than the real thing.)

Fighter JetThe Air Forces new F-35 fighter jets use components created with 3D printers. The process can make complex structures that were previously impossible to manufacture.

Of course, paleontologists and hermit crabs dont pay big money for their 3D printing needs. But guess who does:

The United States Air Force.

Theyre using the technology to fabricate sophisticated parts for their new F-35 fighter jets. Rolls Royce is using them too.

And better precision is just one of many advantages that 3D printing fabrication holds over the traditional manufacturing process.

Its Faster with 3D printing, the delay between design and fabrication is now a few hours instead of a few weeks. Motorcycle maker Ducati cut 20 months (or 70%) off its usual development time for a new racing engine.

Its Cheaper companies that use 3D printing dont need to tie up capital investing in expensive tools and dies. They can also eliminate shipping costs. A small supplier to Nike called Union Footwear got a leg up on its bigger competitors by faxing its design bid in 3D.

It Encourages Innovation by eliminating the delays and costs created by traditional manufacturability constraints, 3D printers allow designers to change their minds and implement a new idea at any time. An Ohio company that supplies crash test dummies to automakers is using the technology to produce new shapes and sizes that respond to client needs that can evolve by the day.

Its Less Wasteful traditional manufacturing is subtractive, discarding up to 90% of the initial blocks of raw material. 3D printing is an additive process that builds objects from the ground up, layer by layer. One architect is even using it to make entire buildings.

Its More Durable designers can tweak these additive printers to produce denser (but lighter) layers of material than would usually be possible. The Smithsonian is using 3D printers to digitize their entire collection; the statue of Thomas Jefferson you see in the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC is actually a 3D replica of the original brass statue.

Karl Marx said the problem with capitalism is that it makes everything solid melt into air.

I think we all know the problem with Karl Marx !!

But it turns out he was right about this one thing.

Actually, his statement doesnt go far enough.

With three dimensional printing

There is no longer any important difference between a computerized design that exists in the cloud and a real, physical thing.

If you remember the old Star Trek shows, which take place in the distant future of the 23rd century, a device that could print physical objects from computerized designs was called a replicator.

Incredibly, this science fiction is now fact.

And heres how smart 21st century capitalists like you and me can take this real-world replicator straight to the bank.

While everyone else will be left behind, wondering how they missed out on something that makes so much sense.

If a physical object is a software code, then there are no longer economies of scale in manufacturing.

In other words, it wont make sense any more to pay Chinese factory workers to make 100 million duplicates of the same product. Better to pay local designers to make 10,000 different products specially tailored to individual customers — in the exact size and style they want to buy. Products they can receive in the mail, or print out at Home Depot, FedEx Office, Wal-Mart, or whichever retailers are smart enough to embrace this technology first.

If a physical object is a software code, then everyone from an aerospace engineer to an ice sculptor is really a computer programmer creating digital designs.

And the market for those designs will be just like todays market for music, movies, and books. Youll have the iTunes store, Amazon.com, and other legitimate download vendors on one side of the law, and a thousand fugitive pirate bays on the other. Your grandchilds Happy Meal toy will be scanned onto your smart phone at the cash register and it will be finished printing before you get home from the drive-through.

Finally, if a physical object is a software code, then the companies that make the best design software and the companies that can offer a comprehensive package of hardware, input materials, and servicing stand to make HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

Just like Hewlett Packard, Epson, and Canon have made on 2D printers. And heres how

What did you pay for the desktop printer you own now? Probably not all that much.

OK, now heres a better question. What did you pay for the cartridges? And how much money does your company pay in servicing costs for its main printer hub?

This is what economists call a razor and blade model. Sell the razor as cheaply as you can. But lock in repeat business from loyal customers who need replacement blades.

Right now 80% of the people buying the raw materials that 3D printers use, in the form of cartridges and powders, are using them to create and test prototypes. But once 3D printers come to be used mainly for the end stages of production — a research firm called Wohlers that has expertise in this area says it will happen before the end of the decade — the demand for those blades will increase dramatically.

Demand will also skyrocket as the technology becomes more mainstream, just like it did for computers and cell phones. That will push prices down, which in turn will pull demand even higher.

The Atlantic explains the process like this:

First companies create and use a very expensive set of technologies. Then, garage tinkerers start to use cheaper, smaller versions of the original technology. They create a culture that makes the technology easier to use and they give it more users, which drives down its costs. Finally, when it is sufficiently cheap and easy to use, mass market consumers start to buy it.

Right now, were at the very beginning of the transition from the garage stage to the mass market stage.

And thats the moment when you want to be investing.

Sure, you could make some money later.

You could wait until the market is more proven. But as weve seen, this technology is already scientifically sound, and its already used by professionals in every imaginable field of human enterprise.

Youd really be waiting for other investors to catch on. Because when the big money on Wall Street finally embraces 3D printing, the growth in this industry is going to be massive.

Did you invest in Apple in 1980? Did you invest in Microsoft in 1986?

If so, youre probably reading this on your yacht, sipping a $150 glass of champagne.

If not, this could be your second chance.

And Ive heard comparisons that are even more exciting.

Three-dimensional printing may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750 — or the printing press in 1450, or the transistor in 1950 — [this] technology is coming, and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches.

It gets better

3D Headlines

The person who just compared the 3D printer to Gutenbergs revolutionary printing press isnt a wild-eyed blogger living in his parents basement.

Or an excitable housewife who saw the detectives on CSI using a 3D printer to make a model of a crime scene bullet.

Hes a writer for The Economist. (The thinking businessmans favorite sleeping pill.)

His 3D printing article was the COVER STORY.

And The Economist isnt the only traditionally sober publication doing backflips over the incredible potential of this industry.

It seems like everywhere I look these days, I see an article about 3D printing.

The problem is, none of these articles have compelling, easy to use advice for the individual investor who wants to put money into this industry NOW but isnt sure which companies to invest in.

Thats why, when it comes to my own money, I rely on David Gardner.

He was one of the first high-profile investment advisors to understand the tremendous potential of 3D printing.

That was back in 2008 when nobody in the news media was talking about it, and when most of the companies in the industry werent even showing a profit yet.

In the years since, David has identified three companies in the 3D printing industry that he calls top dogs and first movers. Companies positioned to dominate over the next 10 years because they have the six key traits that signal explosive growth.

Its the same method that made David a legend in the investment business. (CNNs Money.com website calls him one of the most widely followed stock pickers in the world.)

Hes delivered mind-bending returns — in the worst economy since the Great Depression, hes picked companies that soared 2,378%, 3,243%, and even 4,209%. But he also built his world famous reputation by sticking up for the little guy — individual investors like you and me who need sound advice to navigate a financial system thats rigged to benefit insiders.

In 2009, he recommended a small French company called Dassault Systèmes.

In fact, this company was so tiny and so obscure that it wasnt even trading on one of the major U.S. stock exchanges. Even now, its considered a pink sheet stock, which means that its too small for Wall Street to give it the time of day.

Dont worry. Buying this stock through an online brokerage like Fidelity, Ameritrade, E-Trade, or Charles Schwab is easy.

Finding anyone whos heard of it probably isnt.

And good luck explaining that funny accent mark. (I dont know how to pronounce it either. I just know this is a great company that more people should be investing in.)

Dassault Systèmes makes high-end software for engineers and designers.

Dassault Systems vs SP 500

What do I mean by high-end?

Boeing uses Dassault Systèmes software to create 20,000 parts for its planes, including the new the 787 Dreamliner. And the guy who designed the iPod for Steve Jobs is giving the keynote address at Dassaults trade show in San Diego.

The bulletproof credibility that comes with having major league users and fans like those means this company, which makes the best computer aided design (CAD) software in the world, is also:

The first piece of your 3D investment puzzle

Keep reading and Ill show you how to make life-changing investment returns by applying the razor and blade test to the market for 3D printer hardware, supplies, and servicing.

But right now, ask yourself this what about the shaving cream?

Tony FadellTony Fadell, the godfather of the iPod, is the keynote speaker at SolidWorks World, the company tradeshow put on by Motley Fool Stock Advisor favorite Dassault Systèmes. He says hes eager to speak to the thousands of passionate designers and engineers that have made the French software company a $2.8 billion powerhouse. (Were eager for those passionate geeks to make you a boatload of cash.)

When it comes to manufacturing anything these days, thats exactly what CAD software is. Good luck trying to use the razor without it.

Thats why Jaguar, Land Rover, and Tesla all use Dassault Systèmes CAD software to perform simulations for their new vehicle designs. And why Fender uses it to create their guitars.

Dassault also has a strong foothold in the education market; its 100,000 current customers include 64 universities and schools. In fact, the company even created a popular software program that teaches students how to design racecars and robots with Legos. First they model them online, then they build them with the bricks.

(And imagine how this kind of hands-on, next generation science education is going to take off when teachers can create fully customized parts and designs with the 3D printers Ill tell you more about in a minute.)

The other great thing about this company is that CAD is already a mature, multi-billion dollar industry.

So unlike most pink sheet stocks, Dassault Systèmes has a rock solid business model and real revenues — it made $2.7 billion in 2012, and 17% of that money is pure profit.

Profit theyre plowing back into the business so that Dassault Systèmes is well positioned for the tipping point thats coming any day now in the 3D manufacturing industry.

In fact, Id argue that the main reason this company isnt listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is that its managers would rather spend their time perfecting the software that runs the 21st century printing press, instead of filling out the endless paperwork that the SEC requires from foreign companies. (BMW and Nestlé took the same route to entering the American capital markets.)

Thats why now is the perfect time to get on board — before CAD explodes again with the coming 3D manufacturing revolution, and before Dassault Systèmes moves off the pink sheets and onto every investors shopping list.

How Will Your Grandchildren Remember You?

I think about this all the time. (And I dont even have any yet!)

I want to be the one who teaches my grandchildren how to throw a curveball. How to squirt milk through their noses. How to recognize the song that a bluebird sings on the first day of spring.

But more than anything, I want them to go to a great college and start their working lives with the kind of wise choices they can only make if they arent being crushed by debt.

And really, to be honest, I want them to know that I did everything in my power to make that possible for them.

That means more to me than anything I could do with a blank check for my own sunset years. (Although Ive always wanted to go on a safari. And to play golf at Pebble Beach. And)

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But the right opportunity might come along once in a lifetime.

And even when it does, you have to know how to take advantage.

Thats why Im so proud of the work that David Gardner and his brother Tom do inMotley Fool Stock Advisor. And thats why, at the end of this letter, after we put together the last two pieces of the 3D investing puzzle Im going to try to sell it to you.

(Im not really supposed to say that, but Id rather not beat around the bush.)

Heres the way I look at it.

Anyone can have a lucky guess. Maybe even two or three lucky guesses.

But Dassault Systèmes is just one of dozens of high-flyers that David Gardner has recommended to members of Motley Fool Stock Advisor.

Recommendations those Stock Advisormembers have used to make huge investment gains that have helped them transform their lives.

The reason Davids track record is so reliable is that, unlike all the acrobats, lion-tamers, and clowns who perform in the three-ring circus that is called (with unearned dignity) the financial news and advisory industry David picks great companies.

Great companies. Not great bubbles.

Because truly timing the market — picking a stock on exactly the right day, the right week, or even the right month, is impossible.

Nobody in the circus admits this, but its true.

Good investments are made for the long term. I dont mean 100 years. 5 is plenty. 10 is even better.

You see, it doesnt take much to be long term when were talking about Wall Street. The trading computers that Goldman Sachs and the other big banks use to move most of the worlds money around change their mind every nanosecond, all because some other trading computer changed its mind.

I have no idea how any of that works, and I suspect they dont either. It gives me a headache and a stomachache just thinking about it.

But the good news is none of it really matters.

What does matter is understanding the long term, big picture historical trends that really impact our lives. Like 3D printing.

And strangely enough, that means making great investments is easy.

You just need some sound guidance to point you to where the best long term opportunities are, some spare cash, and the mental discipline to turn off all the non-stop, 24-hour noise from the financial media.

Ill give you an example.

David Gardner recommended AOL in the summer of 1994. (I doubt I need to explain to you that the Internet was a big picture historical trend.)

The stock had already quadrupled in the 12 months leading up to that moment.

Sounds like pretty bad timing. Im sure he wishes he had picked AOL 12 months earlier. But nobodys perfect.

He was probably happy enough when the stock he picked too late grew 100 times bigger in the next 6 years.

AOL made David Gardner famous.

But these days, David hates it when I bring up AOL (or eBay, Starbucks, Amazon.com, or some of the other great companies he discovered in the 1990s).

He doesnt want everyone to think hes a one-hit wonder, or that his best days are behind him. And he wants investors to understand that its the strategy behind those picks that really matters.

Its a simple strategy hes repeated many times over for investment gains that left the stock market in the dust. In fact

A randomly selected stock portfolio taken from any of the 150 picks that David Gardner has published since 2002 beat the total returns of the SP 500 an astounding 98.4% of the time. It produced a positive return 100% of the time. And 54.6% of the time it doubled the SP 500.

How do we know? We tested it.

10,000 times.

And again that is a completely random selection. No cherry picking of any kind whatsoever. Could you put together an even better portfolio for yourself with just a few hours of research into David Gardners picks? Of course you could.

Even though David isnt right every time, hes been right so many times, about so many stocks, that have made Motley Fool members so much money, that hes given ordinary investors like you and me a way to realize our financial dreams with no headaches and no stomachaches.

Here are just a few of the top dogs and first movers that David has uncovered in the past few years:

Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) — Up 1,745% since 2006

MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI) — up 852% since 2009

IPG Photonics (Nasdaq: IPGP) — Up 350% since 2008

Catamaran (Nasdaq: CTRX) — Up 825% since 2009

Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) — Up 4,209% since 2004

Universal Display (Nasdaq: OLED) — Up 243% since 2005

When you see returns like these, Im sure you can understand why I sprang into action when David told me hes become convinced that the future is now for 3D printing.

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In just a minute, Ill tell you how to claim your complimentary copy of David Gardners detailed investing kit for 3D printing industry, and Ill give you a chance to join the Stock Advisor community for a special, limited-time price.

But first, let me tell you a little more about the other two incredible companies that Davids so excited about. And let me explain

Whats a top dog? And whats a first mover?

Its pretty simple, actually.

A top dog is a company that dominates its industry and a first mover is a company with a technology or product so revolutionary that it disrupts an existing industry and creates an entirely new one.

On the rare occasion that you find a company that is both a top dog and a first mover,the chances are pretty good that youve found your next huge winner

Just think of Amazon.com in the online retail market, or Netflix in the DVD-rental market. (David led investors to big gains on both of them, and still recommends them toStock Advisor members).

These companies redefined the way business was done, launched entirely new industries, and continue to dominate those industries to this day.

And you dont need me to tell you how handsomely theyve rewarded shareholders along the way.

So you can see why David and his investment research team work around the clock to find companies that are both top dogs and first movers.

But they dont stop there

You see, David discovered long ago that in order to find companies that can deliver the sort of investment returns that will have your grandchildren remembering you as an investing legend, you have to break the rules and go against much of what passes for wisdom on Wall Street. Thats why he searches for companies with

a sustainable competitive advantage that can be exploited for years to come

strong past price appreciation

excellent management

strong consumer appeal

And heres the big one

documented proof that the financial media thinks theyre overvalued

Now, that might sound downright crazy

But dont forget, many of David Gardners biggest winners were recommended after the experts on Wall Street declared that youd already missed your chance to buy.

When he recommended a company called Intuitive Surgical in 2005, it had already grown 500% in two years. But after he recommended it to his readers again in 2006, and again in 2008, and again in 2012, it gained an incredible 804% more.

And thats the same opportunity David sees in the 3D printing hardware, materials, and servicing industry. These are the machines that unlock the trillion dollar potential of the revolutionary software programs created by Dassault Systèmes, the company we talked about earlier.

But unlike Dassault Systèmes, these next two companies arent hidden secrets.

In fact, a lot of the so-called experts think theyre overvalued.

Theyve grown skeptical about technology stocks at exactly the wrong time.

Because — sorry if this sounds like common sense, but too many investors forget it — true economic growth always comes from transformative technologies.

And thats what makes now such a perfect opportunity to invest in 3D printing.

Remember, Im not talking about market timing acrobatics. I cant tell you if today is precisely the best time to buy these stocks, or a week from now, or a month from now.

Then again, it might be.

When youre looking at a historical shift that might be a second industrial revolution, or at least, in the words of an Australian market research group:

Bigger Than The Internet

the easiest thing is just to put your money on the table right away.

Then get on with your life!

You can check in every now and then as your nest egg grows from cant stop worrying about it to cant stop smiling about it.

As you can see by the two stock performance charts below.

3D Printing Company 23D Printing Company 3

Together, these two American companies control more than 80% of the total market for 3D printing.

How do you decide between two good choices?

Choose Both.

One company is focusing on the upper end of the market, where they sell printers with the latest technology to business customers like Hyundai, Black Decker, Medtronic, BMW, Oreck, Chipotle, Ducati, and Toro for an average of $51,000 per unit (some units cost more than $1 million).

They just shocked Wall Street by reporting a year-end income figure that more than doubles last years record earnings. Theyve locked in a sweetheart distribution agreement with old pro Hewlett Packard to sell their products and services in Europe. And unlike most fast-moving technology companies, they dont have a penny of debt, just tens of millions of dollars to pour back into RD.

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The other company is taking the razors and blades strategy to the consumer and education markets, offering an app store full of online tools that make it easy for everyone to use their 3D printers, and selling the basic units themselves for just $1,299. (Believe it or not, this is roughly what the first desktop 2D printers cost in 1984 when we adjust for inflation today many of them cost less than a box of paper.)

Theyre also reporting revenues 44% higher than last year, and have nearly doubled the free cash on their balance sheet between 2011 and 2013. They have almost as many patents as employees (and they have 1000 employees). They just bought out their biggest direct competitor. And their founder and chief technology officer is the scientist who first invented 3D printing at that tiny laboratory I told you about — beating technology giants like 3M and Fujitsu to the punch.

I wish I could tell you the names and ticker symbols of these two American companies right now.

But it wouldnt be fair to the members who are already paying for our Stock Advisorservice. (Though if you wouldnt mind dont tell them the price Im about to offer you. They might get jealous.)

It all starts with taking me up on this special offer and claiming your very own copy of David Gardners investing kit, 3 Stocks to Own for the New Industrial Revolution.

I want to send you a copy today, with my compliments, entirely free.

All I ask in return is that you listen to one more offer that could prove extremely valuable to you over the coming months and years

Its my personal invitation to sample everything our Motley Fool Stock Advisorcommunity has to offer with NO risk or obligation whatsoever.

Thats right I want to give you the chance to profit from David Gardners 3D printing picks, but also from every other recommendation that he and his team have ever made.

(His brother Tom is also a champion stock picker who has nearly doubled the return of the SP 500 over the past decade.)

And I want you to discover for yourself everything that Motley Fool Stock Advisor has to offer — without having to risk even one dollar.

This is our Keep Everything Risk Nothing DOUBLE GUARANTEE

But as I mentioned before, you deserve to get the full story so you can decide for yourself whether or not to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

Thats why I want to send you a complimentary copy of David Gardners premium investing kit: 3 Stocks to Own for the New Industrial Revolution.

Not only does this in-depth research report spell out exactly why Dassault Systèmes could be your next monster winner (in plain English, not Wall Street lingo) it also reveals the other two top dog / first mover companies that are poised to dominate the 3D printing revolution and deliver investors incredible returns.

You see, at Motley Fool Stock Advisor, we stand behind every piece of advice, insight, and recommendation we make, with 100% confidence. Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed — or your money back!

So we want you to go ahead and take a FULL 30 DAYS to have a good look at every breakout company weve uncovered.

Get all the details on little-known companies that will change the world over the next decade

And then, if for any reason youre not totally thrilled

just tell us to send your money back.

Up to the last day of your first month, well promptly refund every penny, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

All the details of The Motley Fools three top 3D printing investments. All the content on the members-only Stock Advisor website. All the reports. All the recommendations. All the articles and investing tips.

Plus a valuable fast-action bonus detailed below — THEYRE ALL YOURS TO KEEP WITH MY COMPLIMENTS.

And just so Im being clear if you decide youd like to opt out at any point after your first month, youll be entitled to a refund of the full dollar value remaining in your membership account.

In other words, youre completely protected.

But Im pretty sure once you have a closer look at what our exclusive, forward-looking investment group is doing, youll want to stick around and get all the upcoming Stock Advisor recommendations

That way youll have the chance to discover companies like these

Quality Systems (Nasdaq: QSII) — Up 972%

Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) — Up 2,378%

Liquidity Services (Nasdaq: LQDT) — Up 156%

BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA) — Up 708%

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) — Up 116%

Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) — Up 4,209%

LabCorp (NYSE: LH) — Up 216%

Teradata (NYSE: TDC) — Up 162%

Activision (Nasdaq: ATVI) — Up 954%

Nvidia (Nasdaq: NVDA) — Up 121%

Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM) — Up 234%

Coach (NYSE: COH) — Up 129%

MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE: MSM) — Up 204%

Of course, as intriguing an opportunity as this is, it would be a real mistake to invest based only on what Ive been able to tell you here

Which is why I hope youll take me up on my offer to get the full story on all three companies weve discussed in this report — directly from David Gardner

Before the real Wall Street money starts pouring into these stocks, and making the investors who had the insight and discipline to scoop them up early FILTHY RICH!

Remember, when you accept my personal invitation and agree to sample everythingMotley Fool Stock Advisor has to offer without risk or obligation today, Ill send you your very own copy of 3 Stocks to Own for the New Industrial Revolution (a $29 value)absolutely free!

That way, youll have everything you need to get invested in the stocks that are dominating the world of 3D printing and helping investors like you strike it rich.

How much are these potential fortune makers worth?

Thousands of dollars? Sure. But you wont have to pay thousands to get your hands on them.

In fact, if you join us at Stock Advisor right now through this special invitation, you can put a team of experts to work for you for just a fraction of that. Including Motley Fool co-founders David and Tom Gardner, nanotechnology expert Karl Thiel, number cruncher extraordinaire Andy Cross, no-nonsense small business owner Bryan White, and many more

And thats not the only good news

Normally, you can gain access to every top recommendation on the Motley Fool Stock Advisor scorecard, plus get all our updates and reports, plus access to the members-only website that archives everything covered by Stock Advisor, for the regular membership rate of $199.

Given the kinds of returns Ive showed you today, Im sure youll agree thats a bargain in itself. Our Stock Advisor members certainly seem to think so

But, because I want to make absolutely sure you dont miss out on your chance to profit from the incredible opportunity to invest in the 3D printing revolution, Ive put together an even better deal for you.

One that allows you to sample everything Ive told you about today, risk-free, for 30 full days and then lock in two full years of Stock Advisor for just $98.

YOULL SAVE AN INCREDIBLE $300 off the regular membership rate.

Of course, if youd rather not take advantage of our two year offer, youre still welcome to join Stock Advisor for one year at the bargain price of just $49.

Thats 75% LESS than many other investors have gladly paid.

Heres another way to think about it for less than 14 cents a day, you get instant access to all of the potential fortune-making stock picks, premium reports, and valuable investment tools weve discussed today.

Thats the same amount it costs you to drive your car ONE MILE (we calculated it).

Think of it as a way to go the extra mile every day to secure your financial future. We guarantee that it will be worth it — or your money back!

No other team will work harder on your behalf — doing all the research, making the contacts, poring over the financial books, doing the key calculations — all to make sure you get the best investments for the months and years ahead.

And joining Stock Advisor means more than getting the ticker symbols of David Gardners top 3D printing plays and two more brand-new stock picks every month. Your membership also includes:

Monthly issues updating you on how our Core Stocks and Best Buys Now are performing

Breaking alerts by email with important market news that impacts your portfolio

Exclusive interviews with power players from the world of finance (like John Bogle from Vanguard) and some of the top CEOs in the world (like John Mackey from Whole Foods)

24/7 access to our lively online discussion boards — the worlds first (and best!) water-cooler for great investing ideas)

A full, no-B.S. scoreboard for all of the picks weve ever made in Stock Advisor. David calls it Moneyball for the financial world, and you wont find it anywhere else.

So join Motley Fool Stock Advisor today and youll get all of the above, plus our premium investing kit

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And if you join us right now, well also send you one of the most valuable special reports weve ever put together here at The Motley Fool (a $99 value) — ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Have a look

Get ready to cash in onThe 5 Stock Rivalries Shaping the Future

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Any investor can identify a hot industry trend. But the real profits come when you can pick out the handful of winners from the ocean of losers. Thats why Motley Fool co-founders David and Tom Gardner recently rounded up a crack team of 10 of our top stock analysts to go head to head in: Motley Fool Fight Night! 5 Stock Rivalries Shaping the Future.

Were taking five of the biggest industries in the world, and letting each analyst argue their case (with their words, not their fists) all to identify the one company that they see controlling each industry in the coming years

Fight Night

The headline bout features Netflix facing off against Amazon.com — and the winner emerges as the owner of ultimate TV/movie streaming supremacy. Both of these companies have already made over 1,000% returns for The Motley Fool, but we think thats only the beginning And the undercard is just as juicy

Find out whos winning the battle royale for 3D printing dominance — many are calling it the third industrial revolution.Think insurance is boring? Not with profits like theseDiscover whos catching their second wind in big banking after getting knocked down in 2008.Plus, meet the new “King of Beers.”

Youll uncover all 10 of these Motley Fool recommendations, and find out who stands to rule the ring for years to come! One of these stocks already shot up 157.80% in 2012 alone! And the 10 of them had an average return of 42.43% nearly triple the SP 500.

Remember, this is a BRAND NEW special report hot off the presses. And it wont be available for long. So sign up today to get 100% FREE access and find out exactly why these 10 companies are uniquely positioned to bring you knockout profits!

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Only one company has developed an alternative energy solution that relies on common sense instead of wind farms, biofuels, solar panels, or fairy dust. In fact, its such a no-brainer that even President Obama has pledged to support it, giving it special mention in a recent speech. (A $29 value.)

Add it up and your free special reports and discounts are worth more than $450

Yet youll only pay a fraction of that — and you wont have to risk even one dollar.

In other words, you have everything to gain — and absolutely nothing to lose.

Of course, there is one catch

I can only guarantee everything Ive offered you today if you join us RIGHT NOW THROUGH THIS OFFER.

More importantly, there will never be a better or an easier way to position yourself to cash in on the 3D printing revolution. So please dont risk missing out.

Just click the START NOW button below to the right to join us, and begin securing a lifetime of wealth for yourself and your family today! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Mark BrooksMark BrooksPublisher, Motley Fool Stock Advisor

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P.P.S. I had to fight with our bean counters to get this David Gardner bundle offer on your desk today for this unbelievably low price. They wanted me to charge you $29 for our special 3D printing investing kit 3 Stocks to Own for the New Industrial Revolution, plus $29 for the One Energy Play for the Rest of Your Life kit, plus $99 for our Motley Fool Fight Night report, in addition to $398 for two full years of Stock Advisor. So at just $98 for two years (more than 75% off the regular price) or $49 for one year, this offer is both an incredible value for your stock portfolio and an incredible chance to start learning from a great investing mind like David Gardner. But I had to promise those guys that I wouldnt run the offer for long, so you must join through this offer today!

All Stock Advisor newsletter returns as of October 15, 2013. All Rule Breakers newsletter returns as of October 17, 2013. Unless otherwise noted, all numbers as of October 18, 2013. Mark Brooks owns shares of Amazon.com, Netflix, National Oilwell Varco, and Activision Blizzard. The Motley Fool owns shares of Activision Blizzard, Amazon.com, Apple, Baidu, Catamaran, Coach, eBay, Google, Intuitive Surgical, IPG Photonics, MercadoLibre, MSC Industrial Direct, National Oilwell Varco, Netflix, Nike, Priceline.com, Starbucks, Tesla Motors , and Whole Foods Market. The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.

Saying Goodbye to Team Two and Welcoming Team Three

Pole sana! (Very sorry!) We’ve been going non-stop, falling into bed after long days with no energy to write. We’ll briefly update you here with more to come in a day or so…

Saturday, July 10, 2010

It was off to the Brydges site again today. For Spencer and Scott, this was a return visit as they worked there two days during Team Moja (One). For Gloria, this was her first time to see the beautiful property that will be the home for the Brydges children. Our goal today was to lay drip line on the rows of seeds that were planted by Team Moja. Up until today, the seeds had been hand-watered, but only when water was available. Some of the plants had started to grow. We saw beans, peas, corn and watermelon peeking through the mulch. It was a blessing to see these small plants that will soon be providing food for the children! Others will need some time with the drip line in place before we can determine if we need to reseed.

The water for the line comes from a tank that we have filled manually. We gather every container we can find at the Bells house, fill them from their tap, load the containers in the truck, haul them to Brydges and transfer the water to their tank. Not an easy job. Please pray that electricity comes soon and the plants will have the water they need.

Following our work at Brydges, Scott and Spencer headed back to the Bells to start the preparations to return home, while Gloria was taken to visit Jeff and Julie Vigil, who are Littleton friends now living in Nairobi since the beginning of this year. It was so good to see them comfortably settled into their home on the beautiful SIM (Serving in Missions) compound. I enjoyed meeting their new friends from literally all over the world.  Jeff is becoming quite proficient in Kiswahili, while Julie is adjusting to her new job in the SIM office. We had a wonderful reunion and time of getting caught up.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

On Sunday morning, Scott and Spencer joined the Bells at their church, International Christian Fellowship (ICF).  They enjoyed lunch at Village Market (shopping center) and did some last minute shopping.  Gloria attended a Kenyan church with a Western feel to it with the Vigils. However, we were the only wazungus (white people) there. Afterward Gloria enjoyed lunch with the Vigils at an Ethiopian restaurant and shopped at a Maasai market, bartering for those special deals.

All met up at the airport later, for Gloria to say goodbye to Spencer and Scott as they headed home and then to hang around to meet Beth, Courtney and Amanda Hall as Team Tatu (three) gets underway. The flight was two hours late, so the girls didn’t get to bed until 2:00 a.m., but they arrived safely nonetheless.

We have lots to fill you in on. Stay tuned…it’s coming soon!

Thanks for joining us on this Kenyan journey. We truly appreciate your partnership.

Team Mbili (Two)

Scott Olivett, Spencer Davis, and Gloria Scharton