3D Printing Content Trends Report - February 2017

3D Printing Content Trends Report #3

February 2017


This is the third edition of the 3D Printing Content Trends Report (here are links to the previous reports for December 2016 and January 2017).

Based on global data from MyMiniFactory for February 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 23,839 published objects as of 28th February 2017.

This monthly report will give 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 February 2017:


(+8% increase in daily downloads)

Most Popular Categories

Average daily download numbers increased by 8% for the month of February. We have broken down below the most popular object categories by number of downloads. For February, Toys & Games was again the leading category - the same as for the last two monthly reports. Props & Cosplay remains in second place this month: the cosplay community seems to have integrated 3D printing in their process to bring their fantasy costumes to life. Scan the World moves back up to the 3rd most popular category, in front of Fan Art, which saw a lot of activity with the Monster Hunter Design Challenge



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Top Designers

Below are the top downloaded designers or profiles for February 2017 - designers whose objects were particularly popular for the month. Scan the World tops the list, as with the last 2 months, due once again to the popularity of 3D printable artwork and objects of cultural significance - as well as the massive scale of the Scan the World collection. Again 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. This month we can notice a big rise of a designer who went from the 44th place last month to the 3rd place (!): Devin Montes.

Rank DesignerDownloads
1 (=) Profile Picture Scan The World 12,491
2 (=) Profile Picture Kirby Downey 4,637
3 (+41)

Devin Montes

4 (+1) Profile Picture

Ricardo Alves

5 (-2) Profile Picture Jill Cope 2,982
6 (-2) Profile Picture

Daniel Lilygreen

7 (+2) Profile Picture Michal Fanta 2,560
8 (+2) Profile Picture Louvre Museum 1,802
9 (-2) British Museum 1,684
10 (+7) Walter Hsiao 1,625


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 33.91% - a slight increase over last month and a clear leader in the market in terms of individual countries.

The top 3 countries by downloads were: USA (33.91%), United Kingdom (6.07%) and Germany (5.6%).

That's it for the February 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 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.