3D Printing Trends July 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 32,000 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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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 been rocking the highest rated desktop printers chart for 4 months now. The dual extrusion 3D printer has even managed to increase its ratings to 4.88 as its prints reached 200 customer reviews.

Form 2 takes the silver again as the sole non-FDM printer in the top 20. The last step on the podium goes to the PowerSpec 3D Pro again, a Replicator 2 offspring from China which apparently prints with stellar results for less than $1,000.

The updated version of the popular Delta-style printer, the Rostock Max V2 debuted on our list at the 4th position, ahead of the ORD Bot Hadron.

Ultimaker 2+ climbed up 2 positions to #12. Also new to our top 20 this month is the Rigidbot, a modular printer that debuted at #18.

Industrial Printers

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

Insights: Highest Rated Industrial Printers

The ProJet 460Plus has held onto the crown for the highest rated industrial printer, followed by the Projet 3500 HDMax and the Objet260 Connex.

The Formiga P 110 climbed up one spot to #6, having added more than 60 reviews in just over a month. At #10 the EOSINT P 395 is back to our top 10, as it pushed out its larger brother the P 760 from our list.
pngTrending Printers

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

Insights: Trending Printers

Ultimakers just keep trending! The Ultimaker 2+ Extended takes the crown amongst the trending printers again, growing a strong 54.1% MoM. At the 2nd spot now it's accompanied by its smaller brother the Ultimaker 2+ which came up one position this month. Lastly, the Ultimaker 2 Go also made our top 10, taking the last spot.

Formlabs' Form 2 climbed up one spot to take the bronze this month. The professional SLA printer has been in the top 5 since January 2016, showing strong and continuous growth.

The BCN3D Sigma fell back two spots and left the podium, but the 4th spot and 25% MoM growth are still results to be proud of. Rounding out the top 5 is the Cubicon Single, a new FDM printer with a long list of Plug 'n' Play features.

Industrial printers had a great month as Stratasys' uPrint SE Plus FDM printer climbed up 23 spots to #8. EOS' Formiga P 110 also grew 15.6%, a great increase from a machine that tops $100,000.
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Insights: Top Print Cities

New York continues its reign as the 3D printing capital of the world, followed by Los Angeles and (post-Brexit) London. It looks like July in France is not only about croissants and football, the French capital Paris overtook Milan for the 4th position this month.

The fastest growing city this month was Amsterdam, growing a strong 7.8% MoM.

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Insights: Printer Model Distribution

The Prusa i3 has reached the 2500 printer milestone as it now has a sizable lead ahead of the Ultimaker 2. The Flashforge Creator Pro climbed up 2 positions at once and now claims the 7th spot, ahead of the Form 1+.
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Insights: Printer Manufacturer Distribution

Ultimaker is the manufacturer with the most 3D printers on 3D Hubs, having extended its lead ahead of MakerBot.

Formlabs is now the 6th most popular manufacturer, as it took over Printrbot and breached the 1000 mark this month.
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Insights: Popular Printers by Region

In North America, the Prusa i3 is now challenging the Replicator 2 for the gold.

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

In Asia, the Prusa i3 increased its relative market share, as the Ultimaker 2 fell back to 5.9%.

All 3D printers in the top 5 lost from their relative market share in South America.
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Insights: Color Distribution

Summer is all about bright colors, like... Black. The darkest shade is now challenging White for 1st position.
3D Printing Map of the World

Insights: 3D Printing Map of the World

The map above represents the geographic distribution of over 32,000 printers on our global platform, providing access to 3D printing in over 150 countries. This month we have one new joiner from Asia. Laos, welcome to the 3D printing community!

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