3D Printing Trends March 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 27,500 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 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

The PowerSpec 3D Pro has been rocking 2016, it has managed to take the gold amongst the highest rated desktop 3D printers for the 3rd consecutive month. The silver goes to CEL's Robox, which has been steadily moving up the chart. The race is close, but will it make it to top spot?

Velleman K8400 is holding onto the bronze, followed by the Zortrax M200 which managed to get back into the top 5 this month. Concluding the top 5 is the Prusa Steel, which fell back 3 spots from the podium.

Next up is Afinia's H480 at #6, followed by two Delta-syle Kossel printers. The Printrbot Metal Plus has moved up one spot to #9, followed by the Flashforge Creator Pro to conclude the top 10.

Looking at the rest of the top 20, the Mendel 90 has moved up 3 spots to #13, the Type A Machine Series 1 jumped 4 positions to #15 and Lulzbot Taz 4 is now accompanied by its successor at #17 and #18, respectively.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

It's been a while since we had a new winner amongst the highest rated industrial printers, but now the Objet30 Prime took over its peer Polyjet machine the Eden 260 to take the crown.

The ProJet 460Plus fell back one spot but managed to stay on the podium, followed by the Projet 3500 HDMax. Ratings for the EOSINT P 760 just keep improving and this month it became the first SLS printer to enter our top 5.

New to the top 10 is the Objet Connex500, Stratasys's high-end PolyJet machine that's capable of multi-material and even multi-color printing.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

The Form 2 is back on top as our most trending printer with a strong 49.1% growth. The silver goes to Discovery 200, a low-cost kit from France. The Duplicator I3 fell back one spot, but still remains on the podium.

The da Vinci 1.0 Junior fell back 3 spots to #4 this month. Concluding the top 5 is the Mark One Composite, a highly compelling dual-nozzle 3D printer, that's capable of printing industrial strength carbon reinforced parts.

Lulzbot Taz 5 has been in our top 10 for a while, this month though it even managed to climb up 3 spots to Nr. 6. The Nobel 1.0 entered our list at #7, the only SLA printer that managed to do so besides Formlabs' high-end machines.
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Insights: Top Print Cities

New York is still the 3D printing capital of the world after growing 6.1% MoM to 452 3D printers. Los Angeles is the king of the West Coast and London is the queen of Europe, both with 300+ printing locations.

The fastest growing city turned out to be our hometown Amsterdam with 7.2% MoM growth, and San Francisco climbed over Boston to take #9.

March brings many new 3D printing events around the globe. Check out our calendar to find one close to you!
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Insights: Printer Model Distribution

One month after the Prusa i3, the Ultimaker 2 has also breached the 2000 printer mark. The RepRap has jumped over the Ultimaker 1 and now claims 6th position.
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Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

MakerBot has been dethroned, Ultimaker is now the manufacturer with the most 3D printers on 3D Hubs, after adding more than a 100 printers and jumping over the 3000 mark like it was nothing. Congrats!

Note: We're excluding RepRap and non-commercially available printers from this list to make it easier to compare established manufacturers.
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Insights: Popular Printers by Region

In North America, the FlashForge Creator Pro overtook the Replicator 2x for the 4th position.

In Europe, both the Prusa i3 and the Zortrax M200 has managed to gain relative market share this month, whereas the other printers in the top 5 fell back slightly.

The Ultimaker 2 has increased it's lead in Asia, whereas the other remained the same.

In South America, the RepRap has climbed over the Replicator 2 to take the silver.
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Average Order Value per Material

Insights: Average Order Value per Material

General purpose plastics make up the least expensive orders. The average order size for ABS has increased slightly to $34.3, whereas PLA fell back to $31.3. The average value of resin printing orders also remained largely the same at $50.7.

The average price of Nylon (SLS) orders have increased by $5.7 to $85.3. PolyJet has increased slightly to $89,5, whereas Full color sandstone decreased by $1 to $96.7.
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Insights: International Growth

The growth in 3D printer listings is as strong as ever, we added more than 1000 printers in one month for a total of 27,500.
pngColor Distribution

Insights: Color Distribution

Black and White continues to dominate, getting a bigger slice of the pie each month.
3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographic distribution of over 27,500 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries.


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