3D Printing Trends November 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 23,500 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 500 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 50 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

The Prusa Steel is holding firmly onto the 1st spot amongst the highest rated desktop 3D printers. At #2, the original Form 1 is moving up the chart again after a brief hiatus out of the top 5. Afinia's H480 is one of the stronger climbers as well, rising up steadily from #11 in July to claim bronze this month.

After 2 months, the Rapide Lite 200 has lost its silver medal falling back to 4th position. Concluding the top 5 is the Zortrax M200, consistlently one of the highest rated printers with 800+ reviews now.

The sole new entrant this month is FlashForge's plug and play Dreamer, debuting at #20.

Industrial Printers

Note: only printers with more than 20 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

Stratasys' Objet Eden 260 has a firm grip on top position with a near perfect 4,98 star rating, followed by two ProJet machines from 3D systems, the 460 Plus and the 3500 HDMax.

The rest of the top 5 is made up of two full colour plaster printers, the ProJet 660 and the Zcorp.

Shortly after follows the Dimension Elite moving up 1 spot to #7. There's a new entry to the list in November, Objet Connex500 debuted at #9.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

After 2 months at #2, the Ultimaker 2 Extended finally became the most trending printer of the month beating out the Duplicator I3.

Lulzbot's Taz 5 jumped up 3 positions to claim the bronze, while the PowerSpec 3D Pro remained at #4. Concluding the top 5 is the Lulzbot compact Mini model, which fell back two positions since our last report.

M3D - The Micro fell out of the top 5 this month, but still grew a healthy 16%. We expect it to remain on our list for a while after selling more than 10,000 printers on Kickstarter.
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Insights: Top Print Cities

New York is leading the pack with 377 printers. At #2 Los Angeles is slowly closing the gap after breaching the 300 printer milestone this month. London takes the bronze, extending its lead ahead of Milan.

Toronto is the fastest growing city this month with 10.3% growth, jumping over San Franciso.

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

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

The top 5 remains the same this month, with Ultimaker 2 leading the ranks and adding almost 100 more printers. The Zortrax M200 is climbing up the chart, overtaking RepRap for #7 over the month.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

RepRap based printers are leading the ranks, with MakerBot and Ultimaker in their footsteps.

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 FlashForge Creator Pro overtook the Form 1+ at #5.

The Ultimaker 2 and the Zortrax M200 increased their market share in Europe, while others reduced slightly.

In Asia, both the Prusa i3 and the FlashForge Creator Pro and the Zortrax M200 both managed to increase their relative market share.

In South America, the Prusa i3 extended its lead ahead of the RepRap this month.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

The number of printing locations is still growing strong, surpassing 23,500 over the month.
pngPopular Print Categories

Average Order Value per Category

Insights: Average Order Value per Category

The average order value for Hobby/DIY, Household and Prototype 3D Prints increased this month, while the average values for the other categories reduced slightly.

Insights: Popular Print Categories

The share of Art/Fashion prints increased this month, whereas the demand for Hobby/DIY and Scale model prints slightly decreased since our last report.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

The demand for Black and White prints continues to grow, with the two accounting for 52% of all 3D prints now.
3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographic distribution of over 23,500 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.

This month we have one new joiner from the heart of Africa. Rwanda, welcome to the 3D printing community!

See the full screen version here.

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