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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Proto Labs Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was USD 5.3 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was USD 19.4 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Proto Labs Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was 4.397 (Jun. 2015 ) + 4.76 (Sep. 2015 ) + 4.879 (Dec. 2015 ) + 5.318 (Mar. 2016 ) = USD 19.4 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Proto Labs Inc Annual Data
|Research & Development||0.0||0.0||0.0||3.1||4.3||5.2||9.1||11.9||16.6||18.4|
Proto Labs Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||3.5||3.5||3.9||4.6||4.7||4.3||4.4||4.8||4.9||5.3|