3D Printing Trend report: Top 10 3D printers that are hot right now

3D Hubs December Trend Report sheds lights on Industry insights based on 2,000+ listed 3D printers

3D Hubs released data on which 3d printer models are trending upwards. This will give insight into the which printers are the hot printers in the market right now.

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

This month's report contains data on which 3d printer models are trending upwards. This will give insight into the which printers are the hot printers in the market right now. 3D Hubs sees see very clear effects of the recent Ultimaker 2 (+271%) launch and the fact that the Form 1 printers (+55%) have started shipping.

Furthermore, Makerbot is having significant traction with both the Replicator 2 (+56%) and the replicator 2X (+42%) represented in the top 10. With this growth rate the Replicator is posed to overtake the Ultimaker 1 as the most popular printer on the platform soon.

The top 10 is completed with the Prusa i3 (+53%), Printrbot (+51%), Up! Mini (+39%), Cube X (+36%), RepRap (+35%) and the Dimension (+32%) 

Trending printers:

1 Ultimaker 2
2 Makerbot Replicator 2
3 Form 1
4 Prusa i3
5 Printrbot
6 Makerbot Replicator 2x
7 Up! Mini
8 Cube X
9 RepRap
10 Dimension 

The full 3D Hubs Trend Report can be viewed at http://www.3dhubs.com/trends.

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 2,000 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 check out our Guides How to Print and How to Hub.

"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.