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3D Print cloud service AstroPrint releases user statistics demonstrating steady growth – 3ders.org (blog)

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Jul 12, 2016 | By Andre
The growth of 3D printing over the last five or so years is a thing which its inventor Charles Hull couldn’t have imagined during the advancement’s gradual growth period since the early 1980s. But as we’ve covered on a number of occasions in new years, the sales of 3D printing devices of consumer based to industrial units are on the up and up.
This being said, the new hype which has surrounded the advancement has faded at any time so slightly. Publicly traded 3D printing device companies have gone through immense highs and subsequent lows, the consumer promise of a 3D printing device in at any timey household can have a wait a little and Star Trek’s replicator can be a 24th century convenience after all.
But there are statistics out there and no matter how you slice it, there remains a gradual upward swing if you take the time to digest it all. To drive which point home, it’s worth analyzing 3D print cloud service Astroprint and their only released statistics and trends charts specific to their platform. Whilst it is worth noting which their user-base remains a tiny percentage of those with 3D printing devices, the information is valid yet.

The analytics breaks down average print time, most talked of 3D printing devices, those with the most print time, print high end breakdown and most utilized slicers on AstroPrint. If you do take a appear, you will notice the average print time in hours has gone up at any timey month since November of 2015 but to me the additional informative stat has to do with the 3D printing devices being utilized on the cloud service.
PrintrBot Simple Metal, AW3D HD2x and Creator Pro 3D printing devices seem to be ahead of the pack both in terms of being the most talked of machines but in addition the ones with the most print time. That in itself says a lot of where things are and ultimately where they’re heading yet.
I may have imagined additional Makerbot 3D printing devices and to a degree Cubes by 3D Systems (granted, most of their family of printing devices have long since been disgo ond). It is statistics like this which can be a telling sign of why the stock prices of the publicly traded companies in control of those divisions have been selling at a bargain for over a year now. It appears like open-source is yet Queen when it comes to the PC 3D printing device community.
Moving on, the statistics in addition show which most users have custom print settings in place for their machines and don’t rely too much on the out-of-the-box settings when preparing files. To me, as a fewone which rarely sticks to the default settings across the board, this makes sense. Every new file is one-of-a-kind adequate which custom options are generally a great thought.


In the end, only like how website tracking site Alexa is not the end-all when it comes to determining how talked of one website stands up against the following, these stats aren’t guaranteed to present the entire story. The most slicers utilized chart is limited to Cura and Slic3r with nobody via any other slicing program. Whilst there’s no doubt they are powerful slicing tools, Makerbot Desktop and Simplify3D are other options utilized by most in the 3D printing community I surround myself in so its strange they have no representation in the stats.


But heck, in fact AstroPrint admits these are yet early numbers and a public API is yet due to be released. So it makes sense the numbers can be a little bit skewed to favour a few devices and software over others. Regardless of this, the additional and additional data which becomes on the market to track the use of 3D printing devices around the world should go on to draw a clearer picture of how much growth the advancement is in fact experiencing in these yet early days of 3D printing.

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