Prusa! HP! Formlabs! London! Some dramatic developments in the 3D printing industry, if the latest 3D Hubs Trend Report is any indication.
Summer has receded into Fall, and for 3D printing fanatics that can only mean one thing. It’s time for another 3D Hubs Trend Report. Party hats all round!
For the uninitiated, the 3D Hubs Trend Report is put together every three months using data from 6,000 active international service providers. Between them, they fabricate more than 200,000 3D printed parts every quarter. In turn, customers will routinely rate and review the quality of the prints they have received.
The scale of this activity is truly unique; studying the data provides an extensive overview of the latest trends in both consumer and industrial 3D printing.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the latest findings from Q4 2017 spanning July to September.
See anything remarkable? That’s right, two Prusa Research printers are occupying the top two spots. The big question is, will this hot streak continue with the release of the Original Prusa i3 MK3? Place your bets, folks!
Also intriguing are the bottom three slots, which have been completely overrun by the Ultimaker family; the Ultimaker 3 Extended, the Ultimaker 2+, and the Ultimaker 2. Whither the standard Ultimaker 3? It seems like users are more heavily invested in the bigger build volume of the extended model.
Hovering in the middle is the Form 2, still flying the flag for stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing. Then we have the usual suspects of the Flashforge Creator Pro, the MakerGear M2 and… Wait, what’s this? It’s a new entry by the budget Creality CR-10!
On the industrial additive manufacturing side, the HP Multi Jet Fusion 4200 is now the second most used industrial 3D printer on 3D Hubs.
While Multi Jet Fusion technology has been long gestating, it’s only been available for customer end-use since the summer. That indicates a meteoric rise, and perhaps the heavy investment by HP looks set to pay off.
Elsewhere, it appears that selective laser sintering (SLS) becomes the most used additive manufacturing technology. There are 70% of the most used machines using this technology, with EOS dominating the list. This looks set to continue, especially given how MJF from HP is being classified as SLS by 3D Hubs.
In terms of printer manufacturer distribution, Formlabs is now the third most popular 3D printer manufacturer in the world. Referring back to the insight about SLS, Formlabs share of the market looks set to grow with the impending launch of the Fuse 1 benchtop SLS printer.
The top two printer manufactuer spots go to Ultimaker and Prusa Research, who appear to be jostling for supremacy from quarter to quarter.
Oh, and London has now overtaken New York as the number one 3D printing city in the world. Go London!
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