3D Hubs has released its February Trends Report and, for a quick round-up, it looks like rapid prototyping (RP) is still the most common 3D printing application, followed closely by the Hobby/DIY category.
Stratasys continues to dominate on the 3D printer user front, thanks to its acquisition of Makerbot, and white is still the most common printing colour. While 3D Hubs’ data is not representative of the entire industry, it is the largest network of 3D printers in the world, so the usage data that they collect is pretty valuable.
In three of the four major 3D printing markets, North America, Asia and South America, Makerbots continue to be the most used printers. The US company’s 3D printer is not only the number 1 printer used in the US, but it is also number 2 and 3 with only Europe preferring the Ultimaker and RepRap variations over the Replicator 2. However if we look back at previous trend reports, that may be changing — back in November 2013 Ultimaker accounted for 17.9% of machines in the network, but now that’s shrunk down to 11.8%. The Replicator 2 has inched up from 9.3% to 10.7%. … (Read more)