3D Printing Trends November 2014

This trend report provides a comprehensive and unmatched perspective on the current state of the 3D printing industry. Based on data from our 3D Hubs community, which includes over 9000 printers in over 160 countries, and thousands of 3D print orders every month, we are excited to show you the printers people love and what’s trending in the world of 3D Printing.


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pngHighest Rated 3D Printers

Desktop Printers

Note: these are the top 20 rated printers out of 300 printer models listed on our platform. 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 20 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

This month we've made a few changes to our printer quality ratings. Ratings for desktop and industrial printers are now displayed in two separate charts to create a more level playing field, while we're now listing the printer's technology as well.

First, let's look at the desktop printers. Formlabs clearly dominates the podium, where the Form 1+ overtook its predecessor on the top. The Zortrax M200 has also continued its rise and became the best FDM desktop printer on our platform, grabbing the 3rd spot.

Witbox appears to have gained prominence in the competition among the best printers with large print volume, claiming the 4th spot. The last printer in our top 5 is Stratasys' uPrint, which tries to bridge the gap between the company's pro printers and the Makerbots, for a rather hefty price tag.

Three of the most frequent printers on our platform - both Ultimakers and the Makerbot Replicator 2 - are among the top 20 as well. More than 1000 reviews for each printer leaves absolutely no doubt that they are capable of superb and consistent print quality.

Industrial Printers

Note: only printers with more than 10 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

Professional printers from 3D Systems and Stratasys claim the top 5 on our new industrial printer top list. The Projet 3500 HDMax and the Objet Eden 260 both obtained complete 5 star ratings.

SLS and Jetting technologies dominate the technology field within industrial printers, while the Projet 660 and Zcorp printers are capable of full-color 3D printing.

The big note inside industrial printing for October came from HP, which announced its plans to enter the 3D printing market with their “Multi Jet Fusion Technology”. Many predict this announcement will shake up the status quo in industrial printing. We’ll see in 2016.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

The Form 1+ managed to hold onto the top spot among the fastest growing printers on our platform, showing a strong 49% growth, and while the printer isn't new to the market, Makerbot's Z18 came in at 2nd place. The Da Vinci 1.0 also managed to secure a position on the “trending” podium.

The Zortrax M200 fell back 2 spots but still grew by a healthy 27% this month. The Ultimaker 2's return to the top 10 is a bit of a surprise, as it already has a vast user base on 3D Hubs, though their recent entry into the US market may explain their surge in the last month.

Two professional printers made it to the list in November. Stratasys' Fortus 250MC is a new entrant, while the full color Projet 660 is a regular among the trending printers.

One last interesting note: 6 of the top 10 trending printers in October are among the highest rated machines available in the quality category.
pngTop Print Cities

Insights: Top Print Cities

New York managed to extend its lead during the last month, while London claimed the 3rd spot from Los Angeles. The city with the strongest growth is Paris, where the community just had its launch event.
pngPrinter Model Distribution

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

As we anticipated last month, the Prusa i3 overtook the Ultimaker 1 to become the 2nd most popular printer on 3D Hubs. The original Ultimaker was overtaken by its successor too, as the Ultimaker 2 jumped from #5 to the podium.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

Stratasys holds on firmly to its leading position with RepRap and Ultimaker at 2 and 3 respectively. It is very interesting to note that while the total number of printers for each manufacturer continues to rise on the platform, their market shares are decreasing as new manufacturers enter the market.

Note: RepRap is not a manufacturer but has been treated as such in this chart.
pngPopular Printers by Region

Insights: Popular Printers by Region

The top 5 has remained the same both in North America and Europe, with Makerbot and Ultimaker taking the top positions.

The Ultimaker 2 is on its way up in Asia, claiming the 4th spot last month.

The RepRap has conquered South America, while the Makerbot Replicator 2x jumped the Prusa i3 into 2nd place.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

Since the last milestone of 7500 printers, 1200 new Hubs have joined 3D Hubs. If the current pace keeps up, we will be over 10,000 before Christmas!
pngPopular Print Categories

Average order price per category

Insights: Average order value per category

This month average order values for Gadgets, Prototypes and Scale models slightly increased, while other category splits remained nearly identical from the month earlier.

Insights: Popular Print Categories

The share of Prototype prints has decreased again since the last report, while the Gadget category has grown again, by 2.2% since last month.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

The most popular colors printed are White, Black, Blue, Green & Red; accounting for almost 75% of the total orders. However, Red might soon overtake Green, and Yellow is moving up the chart as well.
png3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographical distribution of over 9000 printers on our platform. A warm welcome to our first Hub above the Arctic Circle!

See the full screen version here .

Want to learn more and track changes?

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