3D Hubs – a platform you can join for 3D printing your models with privately owned printers or helping others to print with your 3D printer – collected data from their memberlistings (1100 + desktop 3d printers) over the past 6 months and they were so good to share these insights with the community. They are even planning on releasing these trends on a monthly basis.
So what did they find?
The most significant players in the desktop 3D printing market are Ultimaker and Makerbot. Combined they cover 40.4% of the printers that joined the 3D Hub platform.
The fact that there are 37 professional Full Color Z-Corp Printers on the platform indicates the interest from professional service providers is growing.
The fact that 3D Hubs first launched in Europe can be seen in the amount of Ultimaker printers that are on the network. Makerbot is the overall best seller where there are no listed Ultimaker printers in South America at all.
As desktop printers represent 90% of the printers on the platform it’s not surprising to see plastics like ABS and PLA making up about 80% of the materials available.
The Resin material is directly linked to the Form 1 printers and similar printers like the B9 Creator that use the SLS technology for printing.
In this graph you can clearly see the popularity of 3D Hubs growing. At this point (6 months after launching) they are the largest distributed 3d printing platform on a global scale.
This is a nice overview of what is actually printed through 3D Hubs. You can see clearly that prototypes still lead the board. Gadgets are also on the rise as inventors make use of 3D printing more and more.