3D Printing Trends June 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 17,000 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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pngNEW: Most Popular Content Platforms

Insights: Content Platform

This month we have a special addition to the trend report, we asked our customers about their favourite sources for 3D models.

Thingiverse is clearly dominating the chart, 56% of our users chose it as their first source for designs. Surprisingly, Google came in as 2nd, which indicates that people tend to use the largest search engine for looking up 3D designs as well.

Forums take the last place on the podium. One of the most active channels is on Reddit and most 3D printer manufacturers have their respective online forums for their communities.

Next is Instructables, the largest repository for DIY projects and tutorials. 3D Hubs Talk just made it to the top 5, followed by TinkerCAD, MyMiniFactory and GrabCAD.
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

Major shake-up atop the highest rated desktop 3D printers ranking. A new entrant, the Kossel XL takes the crown followed by the DeltaWASP, which climbed up from #4 to take the silver. Both printers use a Delta robot style for high speed and accuracy. The Kossel is only sold in a Kit, whereas the DeltaWASP comes preassembled.

The Zortrax M200 held onto the bronze in June. Last month's winner, the Form 1+ fell back 3 spots and (temporarily?) left the podium. The Big Builder moved up one position, rounding out the top 5.

The Witbox and the Solidoodle 4 both climbed up 4 spots, just enough to make it to the top 10.

Two printers are new to the list, both 3D printer kits. The Velleman K8400 comes from Belgium and sports dual extruder support. The Kossel Mini is the compact version of the original Kossel delta design.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

The Objet Eden 260 and Projet 3500 HDMax are both holding firmly onto their complete 5 star ratings, and in turn the top positions.

New amongst the highest rated industrial printers, Stratasys' Objet Alaris30 claims the 5th position. It's successor, the Objet Pro 30 fell back 2 spots to #8 this month.

The Projet 660's predecessor, the Z Printer Z 650 is back to the top 10, now claiming the 9th position. Material jetting and Plaster technologies clearly dominate the list, claiming 8 out of the 10 slots.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

Portugal has just turned into rocket mode as the BEETHEFIRST grew a staggering 160% in one month. Made by Witbox in neighbouring Spain, the Prusa i3 Hephestos climbed up one position to take the silver. Printrbot's flagship model, the Metal Plus claims the bronze, with a strong 65% growth.

Da Vinci's 1.0 model has been on the trending list for more than half a year, now it's superseded by the 2.0 model. CTC-3D lost the lead but still managed to get into the top 5, with 38.2% MOM growth.

The Airwolf HD2X is the sole remaining new entry to the top 10, claiming #9. The printer features dual extruders and a large 28 x 20 x 30 cm print volume.
pngTop Print Cities

Insights: Top Print Cities

The US is on a quest to take over the top cities ranking, now with 4 cities in the top 10, each growing at least 10% this month. New York is on the top spot, steadily edging closer to the 300 mark. Milan is still ranked #2, but Los Angeles is on its tail closing the distance. Chicago is on a roll! The Windy City skyrocketed to the 7th spot with a staggering 18.2% MOM growth.

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

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

With the Ultimaker 2 leading the ranks, the top 7 positions remain identical from last month amongst the most popular printers. The Zortrax M200 continues moving up the chart, entering the top 10 this month.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

RepRap based printers held onto the top spot, beating out MakerBot and Ultimaker.

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 Prusa i3 has jumped above the Replicator 2X to bring home 2nd spot.

The Prusa i3 had a strong month in Europe as well, increasing its market share from 8.6% to 8.9%.

In Asia, only the Ultimaker 2 managed to grow from the top 5, the relative market share of the others decreased.

In South America, the MakerBot Replicator 2 and the 2X switched positions on the 2nd and 4th spot, while the Ultimaker 2 entered the top 5.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

The number of printing locations on 3D Hubs has breached 17,000, 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 increased $7.6, while other categories remained the same.

Insights: Popular Print Categories

The share of Prototype prints continued to increase this month, while the demand for Gadget prints slightly decreased, again, since our last report.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

The demand for White prints increased substantially, while Green fell back slightly again.
3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographic distribution of over 17,000 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.

See the full screen version here.

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