Canada-based Tinkerine makes the Ditto line of personal 3D printers, but did you know they are also a public company?
That’s correct - you can buy and sell shares in the relatively small 3D printer operation. Earlier this year the company went public by listing their shares on several stock exchanges.
You can find Tinkerine listed under “TTD” on the TSX Venture Exchange, a market designed for offerings too small for the more well-known Toronto Stock Exchange, which handles the majority of Canadian stocks.
Tinkerine is also found on the OTC “Pink” Exchange under “TKSTF”. This “over the counter” market is designed for smaller companies with limited ability to provide reporting.
Finally, Tinkerine is also found on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, listed under “WB6B”.
Certainly these are not the major stock exchanges you'd normally hear about, but as Tinkerine is still a small company, they may not have the resources to participate in them. Instead we find them in these markets where you can still invest in them.
So how is Tinkerine doing on these markets? According to the Google Finance chart above, you can see their stock price has ranged from around CAD$0.40 when launched but gradually decreasing to around CAD$0.31 today. This is not surprising, as the dearth of publicly available 3D printing stocks no doubt helped boost the price of their initial offering. Meanwhile, 3D printing’s shine subsequently dulled somewhat and most 3D printing stocks are down, including Tinkerine’s.
Nevertheless, investment in stocks is usually a long-term affair, so you’ll have to judge whether you feel Tinkerine and their product line will succeed in the long run. If so, there are several ways to invest in their company.