3D Printing Content Trends Report - January 2017
3D Printing Content Trends Report #2
This is the second edition of the 3D Printing Content Trends Report.
Based on global data for January 2017 from MyMiniFactory, 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 20,682 published objects as of 31st January 2017.
This monthly report will give insight 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.
Most Popular Categories
Download numbers increased by just under 20,000 for the month of January, a clear indicator that the industry is growing, and people are downloading and 3D printing more than ever on their desktop machines.
Below we have broken down the most popular object categories by number of downloads. For January, Toys & Games was the leading catagory - the same as last month. For the same reasons as last month we saw this category take the top spot, and it is one we expect to grow considerably month on month as designers and makers explore what is possible on desktop 3D printers as applied to toys and games.
Props & Cosplay took the second spot this month - indicating that more and more people are using 3D printing to bring their cosplay ideas to life, the launch of the Monster Hunter competition with Capcom also would have been a contributing factor here. Fan art once again was a popular category. Scan the World went from 2nd to 4th place for the month of January, but was still incredibly popular, Scan the World now includes over 5,000 3D printable sculptures, and their popularity is apparent based on it's ranking for the month.
Below are the top downloaded designers or profiles for January 2017 - designers whose objects were particularly popular for the month. Scan the World tops the list, as with last month, 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.
|1 (=)||Scan The World||11369|
|2 (=)||Kirby Downey||4643|
|5 (-2)||Ricardo Alves||3112|
|7 (+5)||British Museum||2230|
|8 (-2)||Jurica Pranjic||2158|
|9 (-2)||Michal Fanta||1870|
|10 (=)||Louvre Museum||1762|
Countries by Popularity
The below map indicated downloads percentage by country. Hover over each country to see the percentage of total downloads that came from that location. USA topped the list with 32.91% - a slight increase over last month and a clear leader in the market in terms of individual countries. Europe totalled 35.8%.
The top 3 countries by downloads were: USA (32.91%), United Kingdom (5.84%) and Germany (4.37%).