3D Printing Trends January 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 25,000 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: Popular Materials

Average Order Value per Material

Insights: Average Order Value per Material

New year, new addition to our monthly Trend Report! From now on, we're listing the average order value for common 3D printing materials.

It turns out general purpose plastics make up the least expensive orders, as the average order size stands at $34.3 for ABS and at $31.4 for PLA. Resin prints - which are still printed in most cases on desktop printers - have an average order value of $50.7.

The next 3 materials are all printed on industrial 3D printers, and along with the increased price and material costs, the order values are higher as well.

Selective Laser Sintered (SLS) Nylon orders are on average just above $80. PolyJet high detail prototyping materials are next, with an average value of $93.4 per order. Concluding our list is Full Color Sandtone, with an average order value of just below $100.
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

We're starting off the new year with a new winner amongst the highest rated desktop printers as the PowerSpec 3D Pro skyrocketed from #9 to take the crown. The Prusa Steel took the silver this month, followed by the Afinia H480 which climbed up from #5 to the podium.

CEL's Robox is holding firmly to the 4th position, followed by the original Form 1 to conclude the top 5. The Zortrax M200 fell back 3 positions, but now sports well over 1000 stellar reviews.

The Velleman K8400 climped up 4 positions to #7, followed by 2 Kossels and a DeltaWASP - all Delta-style printers. Printrbot Metal Plus started off the new year quite well, climbing from #18 to #11.

The Form 1+ fell back to #18 this month, but next to the Zortrax it's now one of the 2 printers in the top 20 with at least 1000 reviews.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

The Objet Eden260 starts 2016 where it left off in 2015: on the top of the highest rated industrial printers list. In its footsteps, the ProJet 460Plus and the Projet 3500 HDMax are taking up the remaining two spots on the podium.

3D Systems' ProJet 660 jumped over two SLS printers and now takes the 4th position. EOSINT P 760 is new to our list, coming straight into the top 5.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

It's only been on the market for a few months and now the new Form 2 becomes our Nr.1 trending printer, with a stellar 133.3% growth. We expect it to remain on this list for a while if it manages to live up to its predecessors.

The Lulzbot Taz 5 has been on our list since October and it still managed to pick up speed, climbing up to claim the silver this month. The Duplicator I3 concludes the top 3, growing more than 20% this month.

The 4S from Duplicator picked up quite some steam over the holidays, making it into the top 5. In its footsteps, CraftBot rose 18 positions and now claims #6.
pngTop Print Cities

Insights: Top Print Cities

New York has finally breached the 400 mark as our top 3D printing city. That's more than how many restaurants McDonald's has in the Big Apple:) Los Angeles is the king of the West Coast at #2, followed by London which has more than 300 3D printing locations now.

The fastest growing city this month is Chicago growing a strong 9% MoM.

January brings tons of new 3D printing events around the globe. Check out our calendar to find one close to you!
pngPrinter Model Distribution

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

Watch out, this doesn't happen every day! The crown for the most popular printer goes the Prusa i3, which overtook the Ultimaker 2 after 9 months. The Zortrax M200 is also rising high, climbing up to the 5th position to begin the new year.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

MakerBot is the manufacturer with the most 3D printers on 3D Hubs, reaching almost 3000 units. Ultimaker is following closely on the 2nd, ahead of 3D Systems to conclude the top 3.

Note: From now on, we're excluding RepRap and non-commercially available printers from the list to make it easier to compare eastablished manufacturers.
pngPopular Printers by Region

Insights: Popular Printers by Region

In North America the top 5 remains the same, with both MakerBot Replicators gaining relative market share.

The Zortrax M200 has climbed up to the 4th position, overtaking the MakerBot Replicator 2 in Europe.

In Asia, the Prusa i3 overtook the MakerBot Replicator 2 and now claims the 2nd spot.

In South America, the MakerBot Replicator 2 overtook RepRap for the silver.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

The number of printing locations has surpassed another huge milestone as the number of 3D printers on 3D Hubs has reached 25,000 this month.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

White prints have continued their dominance, increasing to 28.2% 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 25,000 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.

You can now 3D print in both bailiwicks of the Channel Islands. Following Jersey, now Guernsey has joined the 3D printing community!

See the full screen version here.

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