3D Printing Content Trends Report - August 2017

3D Printing Content Trends Report #9

August 2017

This is the ninth edition of the 3D Printing Content Trends Report. Previous reports can be found at the following links: #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 August 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 32,843 published objects as of 31st August 2017 (+1,570 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 August 2017:


(+8.5% m/m)

Figure 2: Total downloads per month

Most Popular Categories

Total downloads for August 2017 represent a 8.5% increase over the previous month of July, and a 3.3x increase (or 231% growth) compared to the month of August 2016. Some 27,342 different objects were downloaded at least once accross June (which represents 83.3% of all objects at 31st August). We have broken down below the most popular object categories by number of downloads. The Fan Art category remained at #1 spot in August and actually increased its share of downloads. Toys & Games remains in the #2 spot, followed this month by Home & GardenProps & Cosplay and Scan the World all netting more than 10% of downloads in July. The top six categories (including Gadgets & Electronics) have been the same (in varying order) since we published this report for the month of December 2016.

Figure 3: Most popular categories - August 2017

Published Designers

A new metric in this month's report is the total number of designers with at least 1 object published on their profile. The MyMiniFactory community of creators grew to over 6,000 published designers in August.

Figure 4: Total number of published designers

Top Designers

Below are the top downloaded designers or profiles for August 2017 - 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 Devin Montes from MakeAnything and Kirby Downey. 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. Michal Fanta and Jon Cleaver made their way back to the top 10.





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Scan The World


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Devin Montes


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Kirby Downey


4 (+2)

Printed Obsession


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Daniel Lilygreen


6 (+7)

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Michal Fanta


7 (+7)

Jon Cleaver


8 (-4)

Martin Moore


9 (-2) 

Lloyd Roberts


10 (-2)

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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 countries by downloads were: USA (41.6%), the United Kingdom (4.7%) and France (4.7%).

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That's it for the August report! We will be building on this trend report month on month to bring you even 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 released just input your email address below.