Open Source 3D Printers stand up to Industry giants Stratasys and 3D Systems

3D Hubs November Trend Report sheds Industry insights based on 1,500+ listed 3D printers

Hot off the press, our November trend report sheds light on one of the biggest unknowns in 3D printing: the distribution of market share in Desktop 3D printing between printer manufacturers. With more than 1500 printers on 3D Hubs, we are one of the first to release data on the market share of the 3D printer manufacturers.

3D Hubs, the world’s largest collaborative production platform for 3D printer owners and makers, released the November edition of their Industry Trend Report on 3D printing.

The report sheds light on one of the biggest unknowns in 3D printing: the distribution of market share in Desktop 3D printing between printer manufacturers.

The biggest insight is the fact that the Open Source based RepRaps and Ultimakers are both bravely holding significant market share in a market that is targeted by 3D printing giants Stratasys (5.1B USD market cap) and 3D systems (6.5B USD market cap).

Stratasys is the market leader with 25.5% of the install base on 3D Hubs, due to the acquisition of Makerbot. However, RepRap and Ultimaker are not lagging far behind with respectively 21.9% and 18.4% of the the install base. Finally, 10.8% of the registered printers on 3D Hubs are made up by a range of 3D systems machines.

The full 3D Hubs Trend Report can be viewed at

How 3D Hubs Works

The majority of 3D printer owners use their device less than 10 hours a week, and 3D Hubs harnesses the remaining 95% idle time. Printer owners earn money when their 3D printer is not in use, and simultaneously establish social connections within their local 3D maker community. 3D printer owners simply join the Hubs listing in their city to offer 3D printing services in their neighborhood. Each Hub decides how much money it wants to earn, and sets its own start-up price for a 3D print, plus additional charges for each cubic centimeter of material used. 3D Hubs performs a 3D model repair check using Netfabb cloud software for each order to ensure the uploaded 3D-model is watertight, automatically repairs it if necessary, and once the 3D-model passes inspection, the order is processed and forwarded to the Hub. Furthermore 3D Hubs facilitates international multi-currency payments through PayPal, Credit Card and local payment options.

3D Hubs adds a 15 percent commission (excluding any applicable taxes) on top of the price entered for each customer quote, processes the order, and collects the payment. Customers use 3D Hubs to locate 3D printer owners in their neighborhood, and then order and pick up sustainable, locally printed objects in a matter of days instead of weeks – something that sets 3D Hubs apart from centralized 3D printing services.

According to 2013 report from Gartner, “3D printing is a technology accelerating to mainstream adoption, and 3D printers are now priced so that any size business can invest in them and start experimenting with the myriad ways to monetize them. The material science behind 3D printing processes and materials will continue to progress, and affordable 3D printers are lowering the cost of entry into manufacturing in the same way that e-commerce lowered the barriers to the sale of goods and services. As a result, the 3D printer market will continue moving from niche adoption to broad acceptance, driven by lower printer prices, the potential for cost and time savings, greater capabilities, and improved performance that drives benefits and markets.”

About 3D Hubs

3D Hubs is a collaborative production platform for 3D printer owners and 3D makers. We are on a mission to make 3D printing accessible to everyone by unlocking the world’s idle 3D printers, facilitating transactions between 3D printer owners (Hubs) and people that want to make 3D prints (makers). 3D Hubs is the world’s largest network of 3D printers with over 1,500 printing locations across 200 cities (and counting), helping people print 3D customized products locally every day. Based in Amsterdam and founded in April 2013 by two former 3D Systems employees, 3D Hubs is a privately held company backed by Balderton Capital and Rockstart Accelerator. View a video demonstration of how 3D Hubs works, read our blog, follow us on Twitter, or learn more at

"3D printing is a disruptive technology that people are beginning to embrace, and given our unique position within the sector, we thought it would be interesting to highlight emerging trends we’ve started to see on the 3D Hubs network" Brian Garret, CTO and co-founder of 3D Hubs
About 3D Hubs

3D Hubs is the fastest 3D print solution for product designers and engineers that do prototyping and short production runs. With service providers connected in over 160 countries, 3D Hubs is the world’s largest network of 3D printing services. 3D Hubs was founded in April 2013 in Amsterdam.