3D Printing Content Trends Report - April 2017

3D Printing Content Trends Report #5

April 2017

This is the fifth edition of the 3D Printing Content Trends Report. Previous reports can be found at the following links:

- #4: March 2017;

- #3: February 2017;

- #2: January 2017, and;

- #1: December 2016.

Based on global data from MyMiniFactory for April 2017, this trends report is the authority to answer the question "What are people 3D printing on their desktop 3D printers?". Consumer desktop 3D printing is nothing without content, and MyMiniFactory was the host of 26,355 published objects as of 30th April 2017 (+8.1% m/m).

Table 1: Total objects published at month's end

This monthly report gives insights into 3D printable object consumption for the past month: the verticals, the categories, the top designers, geographical markets, etc. in the quest to help 3D printer manufacturers, 3D design software publishers, 3D designers and other 3D printing industry observers, analysts and commentators better understand the demand for 3D printable files. We welcome feedback, ideas for new data publication and comments about this initiative: don't hesitate to contact us.

Number of objects downloaded in April 2017:


(+20.2% m/m)

Table 2: Total downloads per month

Most Popular Categories

Total download numbers increased by 20.2% compared to the previous month of March 2017. We have broken down below the most popular object categories by number of downloads. For April, Fan Art was the leading category (as it was for March). Toys & Games came in second, closely followed by Props and CosplayHome & Garden and Scan the World also came in with a double-digit share of downloads.

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Top Designers

Below are the top downloaded designers or profiles for April 2017 - designers whose objects were particularly popular for the month. The trio on the podium stays the same as for March: Scan the World tops the list, followed by Kirby Downey and Devin Montes from YouTube channel MakeAnything. We see many designers on this list from the MyMiniFactory Studios Program - the fact that they share their work exclusively to MyMiniFactory means an increase in download numbers. These numbers then translate into revenue for these designers.





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Scan The World


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Kirby Downey


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Devin Montes


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Jill Cope


5 (+1)

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Michal Fanta


6 (+1)

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Daniel Lilygreen


7 (+3)

Lloyd Roberts


8 (+1)

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Louvre Museum


9 (+3)

British Museum


10 (-5)

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Jurica Pranjic



Countries by Popularity

The map below indicates download percentages by country. Hover over each country to see the percentage of total downloads that came from that location. USA topped the list with 34.18% - a slight increase over last month and still a clear leader in the market in terms of individual countries. France moves to 3rd spot, just behind the UK.

The top 3 countries by downloads were: USA (34.20%), the United Kingdom (5.48%) and France (5.08%).

That's it for the April report! We will be building on this trend report month on month to bring you more data and insight. If you have any suggestions or ideas for what you'd like to see in the next report - or would like custom or more detailed information - please get in touch. If you'd like to be notified when the next report is release just input your email address below.