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3D Hubs Releases Worldwide 3D Printing Trends Report for May 2016

by • May 3, 2016 • No Comments

3D-Hubs-logo-vertical-1-1As late spring begins to border on summertime, makers are busier than at any time—that means that 3D Hubs networks are occupied pumping out models around the globe, and on a variety of various printing devices, whether at the computer desktop or industrially. Here at 3DPrint.com, we are continually fascinated to hear of 3D Hubs as they allow us to get a monthly snapshot of trends in their networks in various international cities, as well as next and current local events that may be near you. And if you are in Libya—take note—that’s the newest country to come on board with a hub.

As I mention over and over (hopefully you are reading adequate to notice), my favourite little morsel in equite 3D Hubs Monthly Worldwide 3D Printing Trends Report is the at any time-present increase in cumulative hubs. This month, they’ve increased by 1,000 printing devices again, launching them up to 29,500 hubs spread out through 150 countries.

For the 3D Printing Trends Report for May 2016, insights of the 3D Hubs team into the ‘Highest Rated Desktop Printers’ category shows us that the BCN3D SIGMA yet bears the crown in initially, holding on. Formlabs, yet, yet seeing silver with the Form 2, has risen in ratings adequate to garner attention. And again, the lineup remains the same for the top three, rounded out again by the inexpensive
and talked about PowerSpec 3D Pro.

computer desktop printing devices mayIt is in addition really a thing to see how far the ORD Bot Hadron ascended since last month, building its way into the top five, shooting up of #12 and bringing a spot as the top-rated kit. Not amazingly yet, the Zortrax M200 has now risen to the #4 spot. On the topic of kits, we in addition see two others in the top ten, represented by the Prusa Steel and the Kossel.

Whilst we did see a few movement in the ‘Industrial Printers’ category last month, it’s not all that frequently that we see a shakeup of any sort there. There must be a thing in the spring air, yet, as for May in addition we see a disruption with Stratasys regaining their spot in initially place with a new printing device in place: the Objet260 Connex PolyJet. The ProJet 460Plus moved into 2nd and the ProJet 3500 HDMax into third. Stratasys in addition got back in with the Dimension 1200es at #9.

The quite talked about Ultimaker 2+ remains at number one for the ‘Trending Printers’ category, that I’m glad to see—in the market for a printing device, this one in addition remains at the top of my list as I shop (endlessly, it may seem). 3D Hubs in addition points out, again not a surprise, that the Ultimaker 2 is revealing a immense MoM growth of 70.8%. For silver, we get to see a newbie, with the Rostock Max debuting at #2—and right behind that is the Prusa i3v 8″ resting in third after climbing up five rungs. The always stellar Form 2 is in #4, and the Prusa i3x3 Custom rounds out the top five.

Trending Printers_7Checking out cities and their number of hubs is always an informative point in this report, but this month we see no alter, except that New York is yet picking up steam. For May, NYC shows an increase of 17 hubs. Milan was in addition in the ‘fastest growing’ category, revealing a 4.3% MoM increase. And if you enjoy getting together with other makers in your area—or a fewwhere you can be traveling to this month—we highly recommend checking out the 3D Hubs events calendar to see what’s going on and what you can want to attend in May.

mayThe ‘Printer Model Distribution’ category tells us that the Prusa i3 is in the gold, ahead of the Ultimater 2. Zortrax has seen a climb in this category too, with their M200 ascending to the quite respectable #4 after climbing over the Replicator 2. For ‘Printer Manufacturer Distribution,’ we see a lot of the same names equite month, with Ultimaker yet on top. Shaking things up a bit yet, Flashforge, at any time present, has overtaken Stratasys for #4.

Examining the ‘Popular Printers by Region’ category, it’s clear that MakerBot yet has a quite sturdy next, yet in the lead in North America—and yet seen in the top five for equite region. The Prusa i3 has increased market share in North America, as well as in Europe with the Zortrax M200. We see both of these machines experiencing talked about ity in Asia too.

Color distribution showed that both black and white together account for 55% of all prints at hubs of the world. And when it comes to the materials category, the 3D Hubs team reported that ABS order sizes increased over PLA, with resin orders falling back to $51.

“After last month’s minimize, the average price of nylon (SLS) orders got back to their previous level at $85.8,” states the 3D Hubs team. “Meanwhile, PolyJet orders have minimized to $88.7, closing in the gap between the two. Lastly, full color sandstone orders have yet the top value with $95.6.”

You can read this month’s full report here. Whilst May was a bit of a quiet month, there were yet a few informative points to consider in many categories. What grabbed your attention many in this report? Discuss in the 3D Hubs May 3D Printing Trends forum over at 3DPB.com.

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