3D Printing Trends May 2016

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 29,500 printers in over 150 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 600 printer models listed on our platform, based on print quality ratings from our customers. 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 100 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

After its debut last month, the BCN3D SIGMA has managed to hold onto the gold amongst the highest rated desktop 3D printers. At #2 the Form has managed to improve in ratings, slightly closing the gap. The last step on to podium still belongs to the PowerSpec 3D Pro - a great performance from the affordable machine.

Zortrax M200 continues to print with reliable results and this month it managed to climb up one spot to #5. The ORD Bot Hadron skyrocketed from #12 to the top 5, becoming the highest rated Kit printer on the list.

CEL Robox and the Kossel XL both fell back slightly, followed by the FlashForge Creator Pro. Rounding out the top 5 are two more Kit printers, the Prusa Steel and the Kossel.

In the rest of the top 20, both the MakerGear M2 and the Mendelmax 3 climbed up 4 spots to #12 and #13.

Industrial Printers

Note: only printers with more than 25 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

Stratasys reclaimed the throne amongst the highest rated industrial printers as the its Objet260 Connex PolyJet machine debuted on top of our list this month. Following in its footsteps, the ProJet 460Plus now claims the silver and the ProJet 3500 HDMax takes the bronze.

High-end FDM printing returned to the top 10 this month, as Stratasys' Dimension 1200es entered our list at #9.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

The Ultimaker 2+ has managed to hold onto the lead as the most trending printer in May with a stellar 70.8% MoM growth. The updated V2 version of the popular Rostock Max debuted at #2, followed by the Prusa i3v 8" which climbed up 5 spots to claim the bronze.

Just as last month, the Form 2 claims the 4th spot, growing a healthy 26.7% since our last report. Rounding out the top 5 is another Prusa model, the large volume i3x3 Custom.

The rest of the top 10 included 2 printers from Da Vinci and 3 Kit printers: the Duplictor i3, the Discovery 200 and Kossel XL.
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Insights: Top Print Cities

New York is still the capital of 3D printing - if it keeps up its pace, it will reach the 500 mark by summer. Los Angeles is the king of the the West Coast, followed by the first European city on the list, London.

The fastest growing cities this month were New York and is Milan, both growing by 4.3% MoM.

May brings many new 3D printing events around the globe. Check out our calendar to find one close to you!
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Insights: Printer Model Distribution

The Prusa i3 extending its lead ahead of the Ultimaker 2, which understandably slowed down with the release of the new 2+ model. Zortrax's M200 is now the 4th most popular printer on 3D Hubs, overtaking the Replicator 2x this month.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

Ultimaker is still the manufacturer with the most 3D printers on 3D Hubs, but Makerbot has slighly cut back the distance to less than a 100 printers.

Flashforge is now the 4th most popular manufacturer, as it overtook Stratasys this month.
pngPopular Printers by Region

Insights: Popular Printers by Region

The Prusa i3 managed to increase its relative markert share in North America this month.

Both the Prusa i3 and the Zortrax M200 managed to increase their relative market share this month in Europe.

The Prusa i3 and the Zortrax M200 are going strong in Asia as well, whereas the other printers in top 5 remanined largely the same.

In South America, the Prusa i3 and RepRap printers increased their share at the expense of the other machines in the top 5.
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Average Order Value per Material

Insights: Average Order Value per Material

The average order size for ABS increased slightly this month, increasing the disctance from the most affordable PLA prints. The average value of resin printing orders decreased this month to $51.

After last month's decrease, the average price of Nylon (SLS) orders got back to their previous level at $85.8. Meanwhile, PolyJet orders have descreased to $88.7, closing in the gap between the two. Lastly, Full color sandstone orders have still the highest value with $95.6.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

3D printer listings increased by a 1,000 again, getting closer and closer to the 30,000 milestone.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

Black got closer to White this month, with the two now accounting for more than 55% of all 3D prints.
3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographic distribution of over 29,500 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries. This month we have one new joiner from Africa. Lybia, welcome to the 3D printing community!


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