3D Printing Trends June 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 30,500 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.

Looking for which 3D printer to buy? Check out the 2016 Printer Guide, our comprehensive report based on reviews of 5,350 verified 3D printer owners.


Want to receive new trend reports by email every month?

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 100 reviews are included in these statistics.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

The BCN3D Sigma has held onto the gold for 3 consecutive months now with stellar ratings. The rest of the podium remains unchanged with the Form 2 grabbing the silver and the PowerSpec 3D Pro the bronze.

The ORD Bot Hadron climbed up one spot to take #4. Rounding out the top 5 is the Cubicon Single, a new high-end Plug 'n' Play printer from the Korean manufacturer HyVision.

Zortrax's M200 fell out of the top 5 this month - it's not the first time though and it has always managed to climb back. Two Kossel Kit printers follow the M200 at #7 and #8, with the Flashforge Creator Pro and the Afinia H480 closing the top 10.

The Ultimaker 2+ debuted this month at #14 improving upon its predecessors ratings. Notably, the Ultimaker 2 is the most reviewed printer on 3D Hubs with a staggering 7300 customer reviews and a rating of 4.65.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

The highest rated industrial printer title has been a back and forth between the two industry giants Stratasys and 3D Systems for a while. This month the latter takes the crown with its ProJet 460Plus plaster printer.

ProJet 3500 HDMax also moved up one spot to take with silver, while Stratasys' Objet 260 Connex fell back to #3.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

The new Ultimakers are coming up fast! The 2+ had been our No.1 for two months, but now it's time for its larger brother the 2+ Extended to take the crown.

Crammed between the two siblings there's the BCN3D Sigma, which is not only rocking the highest rated desktop 3D printer list but now it takes 2nd spot as our most trending printer.

The Form 2 held onto the 4th spot this month, while the Rostock MAX V2 fell back 3 positions to conclude the top 5.

In the following places, the Da Vinci and Prusa are both represented by two models, with the compact Ultimaker 2 Go closing out the top 10.
pngTop Print Cities

Insights: Top Print Cities

New York has done it, the Big Apple broke another milestone as it now boasts an amazing 505 3D printing locations. Meanwhile on the West Coast Los Angeles also broke the 400 mark, keeping its lead ahead of the first European city on the list, London.

The fastest growing city this month was Toronto, growing 5.1% MoM.

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

Insights: Printer Model Distribution

The Prusa i3 keeps extending its lead ahead of the Ultimaker 2, which understandably slowed down with the release of the new 2+ model. The Form 1+ is now the 7th most popular printer on 3D Hubs, overtaking the Ultimaker 1 this month.
pngPrinter Manufacturer Distribution

Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

Ultimaker is the manufacturer with the most 3D printers on 3D Hubs, but Makerbot has once again cut back on the distance between the 2.

Formlabs is getting closer and closer to Printrbot, if it keeps up the growth it'll be #6 next month.
pngPopular Printers by Region

Insights: Popular Printers by Region

The Prusa i3 managed to increase its relative market share in North America once again this month.

Both the Prusa i3 and the Zortrax M200 managed to increase their relative market share this month in Europe.

In Asia, the Prusa i3 overtook the Ultimaker 2 to claim the crown.

Brazil's native Sethi3D has climbed up to #5 in South America.
pngPrinter Listings

Insights: International Growth

#Weare30k! In just 9 months, the 3D Hubs community has grown by 10,000 new printing locations breaching the 30,000 milestone.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

Colors are going out of fashion. Black keeps getting closer to White, with the two now accounting for more than 56% 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 30,500 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries. This month we have one new joiner from Africa again. Ghana, welcome to the 3D printing community!


See the full screen version here.

Want to learn more and track changes?

You can find the previous releases in the archive: