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3D Systems, Prusa and BCN3D Top Q1 2017 3D Printing Trends from 3D Hubs

The 3D printing trends report from 3D Hubs provides a comprehensive overview on the state of the 3D printing industry. The report is based on real data from the 3D Hubs platform with over 6,900 online 3D printing services in 150+ countries. The report details trending 3D printers as well as regions with the most 3D printing activity. 3D Hubs’ Knowledge Base is a resource for engineers and designers to learn about 3D printing through curated articles written by 3D printing experts.

Top Rated Desktop Printers
The Original Prusa i3 MK2 and BCN3D Sigma continue as the two highest rated desktop 3D printers with ratings of 4.87 and 4.85, respectively. Formlabs’ Form 2 is the third highest rated printer, having climbed up a spot since our last Trend Report with over 600 more reviews.

Top Rated Industrial Printers
Curiously enough, 3D Systems’ legacy Vanguard SLS 3D printer debuts at #1 with a rating of 4.97, bumping their own Projet 3500 HDMax down to #2.  Stratasys holds an impressive 5 spots on this report’s highest rated industrial printers list with their line of Objet Polyjet printers and an FDM printer from their Dimension series. EOS climbs up to #5 with their EOSINT P 760 with a rating of 4.85 as 3D Systems also rounds off the top 10 rated printers with their ProJet 660 and Zcorp at 4.84 and 4.83 respectively.

Trending Printers
The Original Prusa i3 MK2 continues to trend at #1 with very strong quarter-over-quarter growth of 207%. Four printers jump onto the list since our last report: the Monoprice MP Select Mini comes in as the second trending printer with 133% QoQ growth, along with the Mark Two at #4 and the Prusa-style Tevo Tarantula at #5. Monoprice has a second printer on this list with their Maker Select at #7, and the BQ Hephestos comes into the mix with 37% QoQ growth since Q3.

Top Print Cities
A year on and New York continues being the #1 Top Print City, offering the most 3D printing services of any city in the world with 5.8% growth. The Top 10 Print Cities remain in the same order, albeit showing lower QoQ growth.

3dhubsPrinter Model Distribution
Printer model distribution remains largely unchanged with the top 4 printer models steady in place, however the FlashForge Creator Pro has moved up two spots to #5.

Printer Manufacturer Distribution
Zortrax overtakes Printrbot for manufacturing distribution on 3D Hubs for the first time, with a slight lead. Ultimaker continues as the #1 3D printer manufacturer on 3D Hubs, ahead of Makerbot now by 1%. With the release of the Ultimaker 3 over the last quarter, this lead is likely to increase.

Popular Printers by Region
The Ultimaker 2 shows strong popularity across Europe and Asia Pacific as #1, with a 9.1% and 5.3% share respectively. It is also the 3rd most popular in South America with a share of 3.6%. That being said, Makerbot’s Replicator 2 is the most popular printer across North and South America with a 5.7% market share on both continents. Their Replicator 2x is also #2 in South America and rounds off the top 5 in North America and Europe.

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