3D Printing Trends October 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 23,000 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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3D Hubs HD World Coverage

Insights: 3D Hubs HD World Coverage

We've just announced 3D Hubs HD, adding industrial-grade 3D printing services to our platform following the existing 3D Hubs model of distributed desktop 3D printing. The line-up at launch includes 37 HD Hubs around the globe, including well-known service providers like i.materialise, Sculpteo and NRI. Over the next few months, we’ll be expanding our HD material library and ramping up HD locations worldwide towards our goal of distributed manufacturing.

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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

It looks like the Prusa Steel and the Rapide Lite 200 camped down on the first two positions where they've been for the last 3 months. In their footsteps the CEL Robox climbed up two positions and now holds the bronze.

The original Form 1 jumped 4 spots and now claims 4th place. The last printer to make it into the top 5 is Afinia's H480, climbing up two positions since last month.

It's the first time we see the Zortrax M200 out of the top 5, as it now claims the 6th spot. Just as its predecessor, the Form 1+ also improved this month, moving from #11 to #8.

There are two new printers on our list in October. At #9, the Rigidbot might seem familiar from Kickstarter where it raised more than $1 million in 2013. Debuting at #13, the PowerSpec 3D Pro is a Replicator 2 based FDM printer from China.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

Objet Eden 260 held onto the top position with a near perfect 4,98 star rating. 3D System's ProJet 460Plus plaster printers climbed 2 positions to take the silver, pushing down the 3500 HDMax one spot.

The Projet 660 and Zcorp both improved their ratings and climbed up two positions each, rounding up the top 5.

Last week one of the largest additive manufacturing fairs Euromold took place. While the largest players in the industry - 3D Systems, Stratasys, EOS - remained quiet, some new manufacturers managed to fill the void.

Following in Carbon3D's footsteps, a previously unknown Korean company Carima stole the show with the announcement of its high-speed DLP printer. Will they finally break the speed barrier?

Another apparent trend is the imminent release of desktop SLS printers, such as Sinterit, Sintratec and Sharebot's Snowwhite, entering the market previously reserved for $500K+ machines.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

A new printer is atop the trending printers list this month, namely the Duplicator I3. Based on Josef Prusa's popular i3 design, the printer sports a steel frame and heated bed for only $399. The Ultimaker 2 held onto the silver while the M3D Micro dropped to the 3rd spot this month.

Formlabs' Form 1+ climbed up a staggering 30 spots and made it to the top 10. With more than 600 printers on 3D Hubs, the Form 1+ is already by far the most popular SLA/DLP printer on our platform. After the release of the new Form 2 and a price reduction for its predecessor, they're likely rent out a couple of spots among the trending printers in the coming months.

Lulzbot claims two spots on our list, as the high-end Taz 5 climbed up 8 positions and overtook the compact Mini this month.
pngTop Print Cities

Insights: Top Print Cities

With 362 3D printers in New York, it's fair to say that you can find always find one around the block. Los Angeles takes the crown on the West Coast, edging closer to the 300 mark. London is rounding out the top 3, with a healthy 7.3% over the last month.

Milan takes the 4th spot with Paris hot on its tail. The French capital is the fastest growing city this month with a staggering 13.4% MoM growth.

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

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

While the top 5 remained the same, the Prusa i3 is slowly but surely edging closer to the Ultimaker 2 on the top spot. The Form 1+ grew 20,9% in one month and overtook the RepRap for the 6th spot. If it keeps up this growth, it'll shortly overtake the Ultimaker 1 and get into the top 5. The Flashforge Creator Pro is also on the rise, jumping from #12 to #9.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

Ultimaker is edging closer to MakerBot for the 2nd position adding almost twice as many printers over the last month as its competitor. It's the first time we see Formlabs among the top manufacturers, accounting for 3,3% of all 3D printers on 3D Hubs.

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 two MakerBots losing relative market share.

The Ultimaker 2 and the Prusa i3 increased their market share in Europe, while the Zortrax M200 entered the top 5.

In Asia, both the FlashForge Creator Pro and the Zortrax M200 overtook the MakerBot Replicator 2X.

In South America, the RepRap and the MakerBot Replicator two switched positions, with the former claiming the silver now.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

The number of printing locations is growing steadily, surpassing 23,000, and adding more than a 2000 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, Prototype 3D Prints increased this month, while the average values for the other categories 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 and White prints continues to grow, whereas Transparent/clear overtook Green for #5.
3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographic distribution of over 23,000 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.

3D printing is getting some serious tracktion in the Caribbeans, the latest addition to our tropical 3D printing destinations is Saint Lucia. Welcome to the 3D printing community!

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