Trend Report August

This trend report provides a unique perspective on the current state of the 3D printing industry. Learn what the most popular printers, manufacturers and materials are. The report is based on the data from our 3D Hubs community with well over 6000 printer listings and thousands of 3D print jobs.

You can find the previous June, May, April, February, January, December and November releases in the archive.


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pngTop 15 Print Quality Ratings

Note: these are the top 15 rated printers out of 150 printer models listed on our platform

Insights: Print Quality Ratings

Last month’s top performer, the Form 1, dropped two spots leaving room for the professional printers, the Projet 660 and the Zcorp to take over. Apart from that a new player in the field is the Afinia H480. This printer has recently surpassed the threshold of 10 reviews and comes in hot on the 5th place. Perhaps you’ve already seen this printer in its recent Radioshack TV commercial.

Another new contender popping up in the lower ranks is the reasonably priced Type A Machines Series 1, which apparently lives up to our Makers' expectations.

Note: high quality is in this case not the same as high resolution. The quality rating takes the max. resolution of a printer into account. Only printers with more than 10 reviews are included in these statistics.

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pngTrending Printers

Insights: Trending Printers

A new printer tops the charts: the Da Vinci 1.0 with a staggering 56,3% month over month growth. There is a very big rise in popularity among low-budget and the Da Vinci 1.0 certainly is one of those, costing only USD 500,-.

Last month Robo 3D was still on no. 11 but its growth picked up and it now sits high up on the 2nd place.

We certainly did not expect the Ultimaker 2 and Cube 2nd gen. to be seen again in this chart. Both were released in 2013 and already have a vast user base, but nonetheless their growth picked up again and pushed them respectively towards the 7th and 9th spot.

Note: only printers with a quantity of 30+ on our platform are included in these statistics.

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pngTop Print Cities (NEW)

Insights: Top Print Cities

The table above shows where the 3D printing hotspots are across the world and where most Hubs (3D Printers) are located at the time of writing. Milan is currently still number 1, with New York hot on its heels. If they keep up their impressive growth rate, they should be number 1 by next Trend Report.
pngPrinter Model Distribution

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

The Replicator 2 is still the most dominant printer on our platform. With Makerbot recently announcing Makerbot Europe this could very well stay the same for the months to come. Two other notable changes have occurred for the Ultimaker 2 and the Prusa i3. The Prusa i3 shot up through the ranks and is now comfortably sitting on the 3rd position. The Ultimaker 2 has also moved up a bit, albeit somewhat less, and increased its market share from 233 to 336 printers.

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pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

Stratasys is still holding on firmly to its leading position with Reprap based printers and Ultimakers following in its footsteps.

Note: RepRap is not a manufacturer but has been treated as such in this chart

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pngPopular Printers by Region

Insights: Popular Printers by Region

Makerbot still takes the lead in their home continent, North America, with 3 of their models in the top 5. The Prusa i3 newly entered the rank this month on the 5th spot with a 3.7% market share.

The Ultimaker 2 slowly but steadily moves up the European ranks and now sits on the 3rd spot with a 7.6% market share.

The Up! Plus is the new kid on the block in Asia Pacific’s chart and with a 5,10% market share has taken a firm position.

South America shows no change in its top 5 with no new printers entering the top 5. The only change has occurred between the Replicator 2 and the Mendel Prusa, swapping places with each other.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

The 6000 Hub mark has been passed and the graph is moving in an upward direction, without showing any sign of changing direction.
pngPopular Print Categories

Average order price per category

Insights: Average order value per category

Some notable changes took place in the Popular Print Category. The Scale Model category still plays the leading role with an average value of US$ 61.9 but Art/Fashion dropped from US$47.3 to 37.9 and Gadget from US$ 44.2 to 28.7.

Insights: Popular Print Categories

The Hobby/DIY and Prototype prints still make up over half of the total prints with a combined share of 53,6%. The Other category has seen a rise of 1,3% points.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

The most popular colors printed are still White, Black, Red & Blue and account for over 70% of the total orders. However, changes at the long tail of the color distribution have been made with green moving up with 1.4% points.
png3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographical distribution of over 6000 printers on our platform. See the full screen version here.