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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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 PrintersThis 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.
Note: only printers with more than 10 reviews are included in these statistics.
Insights: Highest Rated Industrial PrintersProfessional 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.
Note: only printers with a quantity of 30+ on our platform are included in these statistics.
Insights: Trending PrintersThe 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.
Insights: Printer Model DistributionAs 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.
Insights: Printer Manufacturer DistributionStratasys 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.
Insights: Popular Printers by RegionThe 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.