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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 Sep. 2014 was $4.6 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $15.4 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 Sep. 2014 was 3.458 (Dec. 2013 ) + 3.456 (Mar. 2014 ) + 3.914 (Jun. 2014 ) + 4.555 (Sep. 2014 ) = $15.4 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||0.0||3.1||4.3||5.2||9.1||11.9||16.6|
Proto Labs Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||2.6||2.5||2.6||2.8||3.0||3.5||3.5||3.9||4.6||4.7|