3D Printing Trends February 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 26,500 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 75 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

After its sudden rise to the throne, the PowerSpec 3D Pro has managed to keep its place on the podium amongst the highest rated desktop printers in February. The Prusa Steel held onto the 2nd spot, followed by the Velleman K8400 which jumped from #8 to take the bronze.

CEL's Robox kept hold of the 4th position again, followed by Afinia's H480, concluding the top 5.

The Zortrax M200 added a 150 new stellar reviews and remained at #6, followed by the Kossel. Flashforge's Creator Pro climbed up 4 positions to #8 and became the 3rd printer in the top 20 to reach 1000 reviews.

The DeltaWASP and the Printrbot Metal Plus both climbed up one spot, concluding the top 10.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

The Objet Eden260 is holding firmly onto the top position amongst the highest rated industrial printers. In its footsteps, the ProJet 460Plus and the Projet 3500 HDMax are taking up the remaining two spots on the podium.

The EOSINT P 395 climbed up 2 spots to #7, switching positions with Formiga's P 100. Concluding the top 10 is the Z Printer Z 650, which reentered our list after a brief hiatus, pushing out the Dimension Elite.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

Da Vinci's $345 budget 3D printer, the 1.0 Junior took the crown amongst the trending printers with 57.1% growth. The silver goes to the Duplicator I3, which climbed up one spot after growing 31.5% MoM.

Our previous winner the Form 2 fell back to #3 this month, but still managed to stay on the podium. Next up is Lulzbot's Mini, which returned at No. 4 after a brief hiatus in the top 10. Concluding the top 5 is the ATOM 2.0, a high-end Delta printer Kit from Taiwan.

CEL's Robox climbed up 9 spots to reenter the top 10 at #6, followed by the last new contender on our list, the Micro Delta.
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Insights: Top Print Cities

New York is holding firmly onto its title as our top 3D printing city followed by Los Angeles which is slowly edging closer to the Big Apple. London is the 3D printing capital of Europe, followed by Milan and Paris.

The fastest growing city this month is Toronto, which overtook Boston for the 8th position.

February 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

After grabbing the crown last month, the Prusa i3 has breached the 2000 printer mark and managed to extend its lead ahead of the Ultimaker 2 as the No. 1 printer on 3D Hubs. At #5, the Zortrax M200 is growing fast as well, edging closer to the Replicator 2x.
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Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

MakerBot is the first manufacturer to reach the 3,000 printers mark. Ultimaker is following closely at #2, if it keeps up the pace it'll overtake MakerBot by March.

Note: We're excluding RepRap and non-commercially available printers from this list to make it easier to compare established manufacturers.
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Insights: Popular Printers by Region

In North America, the PrintrBot Simple Metal overtook the Replicator 2x for the 3rd position.

In Europe, only the Zortrax M200 has managed to gain relative market share this month, whereas the other printers in the top 5 fell back slightly.

Both the Prusa i3 and the FlashForge Creator Pro has managed to gain market share in Asia.

In South America, the Prusa i3 has gained 0.6% this month, as the other printers in the top 5 fell back slightly.
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Average Order Value per Material

Insights: Average Order Value per Material

General purpose plastics make up the least expensive orders, as the average order size remained at $34.2 for ABS and at $31.4 for PLA. The average value of resin prints also remained largely the same at $50.7.

The average order values for materials printed on industrial 3D printers have all decreased this month. Nylon (SLS) print are on average $1.6 cheaper, PolyJet decreased substantionally by $4.1 and the most expensive Full color sandstone prints have also become cheaper by $0.7.
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Insights: International Growth

After a slighly slower holiday season, the number of listed printers have picked up steam again, reaching 26,500 this month.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

Black and White continue to dominate, now accounting for more than 54% 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 26,500 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.


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