3D Printing Trends August 2015

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 20,000 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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pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

3D Hubs has just reached a new milestone with 20,000 3D printers listed in over 150 countries around the globe. The growth is certainly accelerating: It took 21 months to reach the first 10,000, but just a mere 7 months to breach the 20,000 mark.
pngHighest Rated 3D Printers

Desktop Printers

Note: these are the top 20 rated printers out of 450 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 35 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

August brings a new king amongst the highest rated desktop 3D printers, the Prusa Steel. The machine is a redesigned version of Josef Prusa's i3 model with a solid steel frame.

At #2, the Rapide Lite 200 is also new to our list. Having raised $350K on Indiegogo a mere 9 months ago, the Australian printer now turns out to be one of the best on the market in term of of print quality.

Last month leader the Kossel XL fell back slightly but still managed to stay on the podium, followed by the Zortrax's M200. The Zortrax has been in the top 5 for a stunning 8 months and 500+ reviews stand proof of its quality prints.

Printrbot's Metal Plus debuted at #9 in July; this month it has managed to get into the top 5. The CEL Robox also showed a spectacular rise, climbing up from the 17th spot to the 8th slot.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

The Objet Eden 260 remains the sole holder of the crown as the Projet 3500 HDMax lost its complete 5 star rating after months of domination.

Stratasys' Dimension Elite climbed up 3 positions to #4. Formiga's P100 made its debut last month as the first SLS printer on our list, this month its ratings improved even further which propelled it into the top 5.

Material and binder jetting technologies clearly dominate the top 10, claiming 7 of the 10 available slots.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

It's been a while since we've seen Ultimaker among the trending printers, but "quietly" they've built one of the largest user base: Even though they only released two models previously, our Hubs are running more than 2000 of them worldwide. Now its the Ultimaker 2 Extended's turn to take the lead, with a stellar 115% MoM growth.

The Micro 3D shook the industry with its (for super early birds) $199 3D printer that launched on Kickstarter last year, selling more than 10,000 printers and amassing $3,401,361. The last batch of the printers are shipping now and they're appearing on 3D Hubs as well, claiming the 2nd spot with 104.5% growth.

Interestingly, the 3 other new printers on our list are all industrial printers from Stratasys. The two Objet printers use material jetting technology, whereas the Dimension Elite is a professional FDM printer.
pngTop Print Cities

Insights: Top Print Cities

New York has become the the first city to breach the 300 mark, well done Big Apple! Los Angeles is holding strongly onto the silver as it's getting further ahead of Milan. The only change major change on our list comes from The Great White North, as Toronto made its debut to the top 10 this month.

If you're interested in 3D printing events around your city, check out our calendar for August!
pngPrinter Model Distribution

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

With the Ultimaker 2 leading the ranks, the top 10 positions remain identical from last month amongst the most popular printers.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

RepRap based printers held onto the top spot, followed by MakerBot and Ultimaker on the podium. Ultimaker has breached the 2,000 printer mark this month.

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

Insights: Popular Printers by Region

In North America, the top 5 remains the same with the MakerBot Replicator 2 losing 0,6% from its relative market share.

Only the Ultimaker 2 managed to increase its market share in Europe, all other 3D printers in the top 5 fell back slightly this month.

The Ultimaker 2 is going strong in Asia as well, increaseing its lead ahead of the Replicator 2.

The Prusa i3 is getting increasingly popular in South America, it's the first printer on the continent to reach more than 10% market share.
pngPopular Print Categories

Average Order Value per Category

Insights: Average Order Value per Category

The average order value for Gadget and Art/Fashion 3D Prints increased slightly, while other categories remained the same.

Insights: Popular Print Categories

Both of the largest categories - Prototype and Hobby/DIY - increased this month, while the demand for Gadget prints slightly decreased, again, since our last report.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

The demand for White and Black print increased again, as the two colors (or shades for the picky) now account for more than 50% 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 20,000 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.

Three new countries have recently joined. We’re pleased to welcome Andorra, Ivory Coast and Jersey to the 3D printing community.

See the full screen version here.

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