3D Printing Content Trends Report - April 2018

3D Printing Content Trends Report #17

April 2018

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This is the seventeenth edition of the 3D Printing Content Trends Report. Previous reports can be found at the following links: #16 March 2018; #15: February 2018; #14: January 2018; #13: December 2017; #12: November 2017;  #11: October 2017; #10: September 2017; #9: August 2017; #8: July 2017; #7: June 2017; #6: May 2017; #5: April 2017; #4: March 2017; #3: February 2017; #2: January 2017, and; #1: December 2016.

Based on global data from MyMiniFactory for April 2018, 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 45,805 published objects as of 30th April 2018 (+1,656 objects m/m).

Figure 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 2018:


Figure 2: Total downloads per month

Most Popular Categories

Total downloads for April 2018 represent a 60% increase over same period last year. Some 33,618 different objects were downloaded at least once across April (which represents 74% of all objects at 30th April). We have broken down below the most popular object categories by number of downloads. The Fan Art category remained at #1 spot in March, followed this month by Toys & GamesHome & GardenProps & CosplayScan the WorldGadgets & Electronics, and Education.

Figure 3: Most popular categories - April 2018

Published Designers

The total number of designers with at least 1 object published on their profile grew to 8,815 published designers at the end of April (+447 m/m).

Figure 4: Total number of published designers

Top Designers

Below are the top downloaded designers or profiles for April 2018 - designers whose objects were particularly popular for the month.

The trio on the podium once again stays the same: Scan the World tops the list, followed by Printed Obsession and Devin Montes from 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. 






1 (=)

Scan The World


2 (+1)

Devin Montes 10,525

3 (-1)

Printed Obsession 9,854

4 (+1)

   Kirby Downey 4,885

5 (+2)


Louvre Museum


6 (-2)

 Jukka Seppänen 


7 (+3)

Daniel Lilygreen  3,552


Fotis Mint  3,213

9 (NEW)




10 (-1)

Michal Fanta  3,018


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.

The top 3 most active countries by downloads for the month of April 2018  were: USA (27.45%), Spain (7.85%) and Germany (6.72%).

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