3D Printing Industry Trends Q3-2016

This Trend Report provides a comprehensive overview on the state of the 3D printing industry for the months of July, August, and September (Q3-2016). The report is based on real data from the 3D Hubs platform with over 7,300 online 3D printing services in 150+ countries. The report details trending 3D printers as well as regions with the most 3D printing activity.

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pngDistribution of Industry Spending

Note: This data is based on 3D Hubs enterprise customers. 3D Hubs completes over 40,000 prints per month.

Insights: Distribution of Industry Spending

This quarterly special features a spotlight on enterprise spending on 3D print services. The 3 charts outline the distribution of spending by industry, the average order value per industry, and the average order value by company size. This kind of data is normally reserved for costly industry reports but is available for free below.

These top 10 industries account for almost 54% of enterprise spending on 3D print services. Industrial Design, Architecture, and Sensors & Instruments are the top three industries by spend.
pngAverage Order Value per Industry

Note: This data is based on 3D Hubs enterprise customers. 3D Hubs completes over 40,000 prints per month.

Insights: Average Order Value per Industry

The Sensors & Instruments industry spent the most per order with an average order value of $459, significantly higher than the Electronics Manufacturing and Architecture industries. Conversely, Higher Education and Consumer Goods spend the least, with average order values under $150.
pngAverage Order Value per Company Size

Note: This data is based on 3D Hubs enterprise customers. 3D Hubs completes over 40,000 prints per month.

Insights: Average Order Value per Company Size

The average order values don't depend much on company size for companies under 10,000 employees. Above this number, average order values increase significantly.
pngHighest Rated 3D Printers

Desktop Printers

Note: these are the top 20 rated printers out of 600 printer models listed on our platform, based on print quality ratings from our customers. Only printers with more than 200 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

The Original Prusa i3 MK2 debuts straight at #1 this quarter, having already racked up over 200 reviews with a rating of 4.85. After topping the list for 4 months, the BCN3D Sigma is still going strong rated at 4.84, now at #2.

The Ultimaker 2+ Extended and the popular Lulzbot Taz 5 debut at #3 and #13 respectively, knocking the Cubicon Single and Mendelmax 3 off the list.

Industrial Printers

Note: these are the top 10 rated printers out of 600 printer models listed on our platform, based on print quality ratings from our customers. Only printers with more than 50 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

The Project 3500 HDMax climbs up a spot to #1, making it the highest rated industrial printer on this quarter's list at 4.94. Up to 2nd place since July is the Objet260 Connex, followed by the Objet Eden260 having moved up four places to #3.

The Formiga P 110 drops from 6th to 7th in ratings despite having 112 reviews more since the last trend report. Remaining at #10 on the list is the EOSINT P 395.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

The Original Prusa i3 MK2 is trending at an incredible 720% QoQ, dominating the list this quarter. The Wanhao Duplicator i3 V2 comes in at #2 with the Lulzbot Taz 6 right behind it in 3rd position. The FlashForge Finder rounds off the top four trending printers, growing 78.8% QoQ.

Ultimakers are still trending as both the Ultimaker 2+ and 2+ Extended show QoQ growth of 68.5% and 61.4%.

Falling back three spots since July is the BCN3D Sigma. Though it may be #7, it does have 62.2% QoQ.
pngTop Print Cities

Insights: Top Print Cities

Three months may have gone by but top print cities remain in the same order! New York continues its tenure at #1, with Los Angeles, London and Paris staying put in 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Amsterdam may still be in 6th position, but not for long. Having the highest QoQ growth once more at 11.7%, its hot on the heels of a slowing Milan.

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pngPrinter Model Distribution

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

The Prusa i3 continues its sizable lead at almost 2,800 printers. The Ultimaker follows with a distribution of 6.4%. The Robo 3D R1 trades places with the Da Vinci 1.0 and moves up a spot. Makergear's M2 follows suit, one-upping the Rostock MAX and the Form 2 makes an appearance, claiming a spot on top of the M2.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

Printer manufacturer distribution remains largely similar to July's report. Ultimaker continues being the manufacturer with the most 3D printers on 3D Hubs, still ahead of MakerBot by almost 1%.
pngPopular Printers by Region

Insights: Popular Printers by Region

The Prusa i3 (not including the Original Prusa i3 MK2) now reigns as the most popular printer for all regions, having claimed top spot in North America and Europe this quarter, it remains #1 in South America and Asia Pacific.

The Ultimaker 2 finds a spot in South America at #5, taking the place of Sethi3D.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

White is still the most popular color of choice for prints, coming out on top of black with a distribution of 29.7%.
3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographic distribution of over 32,000 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries. This quarter we welcome Aruba to the 3D printing community!


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