3D Printing Trends September 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 21,000 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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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

Last month's new entries the Prusa Steel and the Rapide Lite 200 are still holding onto the top 2 positions amongst the highest rated desktop printers. The race is quite close though, with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th printers having nearly identical scores.

The CEL Robox is the big winner this month, climbing up 3 spots and making it into the top 5. Afinia's H480 is also on the rise, jumping 4 positions from #11 to #7.

Some familiar names returned in the second half of our top 20. At #16, the Kossel Mini is the 2nd Kossel printer on our list, being the smaller version of the popular Delta-style machine. Makergear's M2 also made a return, making it not only a top choice for printer owners, but customers of 3D printed products as well.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

After all, the Objet Eden 260 has lost its perfect 5 star rating but it still managed to keep the lead with a near perfect 4,98 stars.

The ProJet 3500 HDMax is also holding onto the silver, now followed by its young brother the ProJet 3510 on #3. The 3510 uses the same Multi-Jet Printing technology and comes is in various forms to make it suitable for a wide range of industries.

Jetting technologies claim the majority of the top 10, leaving only three spots to a couple of Dimension FDM printers and a SLS printer from Formiga.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

The top 2 contenders among the trending printers switched spots this month, as the M3D - The Micro took the lead from the Ultimaker 2 Extended. The race is still close, with only 1 percentage point difference between the two printers.

Professional Objet printers from Stratasys also turned out to be quite popular recently as the Objet Alaris30 overtook the Objet24 for the bronze.

LulzBot's compact Mini concludes the top 5 in September, after rising 21 positions since last month. The Makergear M2, Craftbot and the Duplicator 4S also picked up quite some steam, landing on #6, #7 and #8 respectively.
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Insights: Top Print Cities

It comes as no surprise to see New York leading the top print cities chart, growing 4,7% in one month. Los Angeles is hot on its tail, outgrowing the Big Apple continuously in the last 4 months. The gap is still at more than 50 3D printers, but decreasing steadily.

There's a tie for the bronze as London finally caught up with Milan. Unless the former winner manages to pick up some speed, it will shortly lose its spot on the podium as well.

A pleasant surprise on the 6th position, as our hometown Amsterdam is the fastest growing city this month with double digit growth.

If you're interested in 3D printing events around your city, check out our calendar for September!
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Insights: Printer Model Distribution

Less than half a year after breaching the 1000 mark the Ultimaker 2 is still growing strong, now with more than 1500 printing locations. The Prusa i3 is following closely in its footsteps, rapidly closing the gap between the two. The Zortrax M200 is also coming up at #8, if it keeps up this speed it will soon overtake the Form 1+.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

RepRap based printers held onto the top spot, followed by MakerBot and Ultimaker on the podium.

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 Printrbot Simple Metal continues to rise, overtaking the Form 1+ for #4 this month.

In Europe the top 5 remains the same, and only the Prusa i3 managed to increase its relative market share from the top 5.

The Zortrax M200 made its debut in Asia, landing on the 5th position.

In South America, the MakerBot Replicator 2X climbed up to the podium, overtaking the RepRap.
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Insights: International Growth

The number of printing locations on 3D Hubs has breached 21,000, adding more than a 1000 new 3D printers this month.
pngPopular Print Categories

Average Order Value per Category

Insights: Average Order Value per Category

The average order value for Scale models, Hobby/DIY, Household and Art/Fashion 3D Prints increased this month, while the average value for Prototype prints reduced slightly.

Insights: Popular Print Categories

The share of Prototype and Hobby/DIY prints continued to increase this month, while the demand for other categories slightly decreased since our last report.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

The demand for Black prints increased again in September; Black and White 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 21,000 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.

Five new countries have recently joined. Barbados and Mauritius are further increasing our tropical island 3D printing network, accompanied by the - bit less tropical - Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Liberia. Welcome to the 3D printing community!

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