3D Printing Content Trends Report - March 2017

3D Printing Content Trends Report #4

March 2017

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

Based on global data from MyMiniFactory for March 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 24,374 published objects as of 31st March 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 March 2017:


(+11.5% month/month)

Most Popular Categories

Download numbers increased by 11.5% compared to the month of February. We have broken down below the most popular object categories by number of downloads. For March, Fan Art was the leading category. Recent projects such as Capcom's Monster Hunter Design Challenge were contributing factors in the popularity of this category. Scan the World moves up to second most popular category, in front of Props and Cosplay. Toys & Games and Home & Garden are the other two categories with a double-digit share of downloads, showing that the mass-market consumer applications of 3D printing are fast becoming a reality.



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Top Designers

Below are the top downloaded designers or profiles for March 2017 - designers whose objects were particularly popular for the month. The trio on the podium stays the same as for February: Scan the World tops the list, followed by Kirby Downey and Devin Montes from YouTube channel MakeAnything. Scan the World recently celebrated 6,000+ 3D printable artwork and objects of cultural significance shared. 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


4 (+1)

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Jill Cope


5 (+10)

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Jurica Pranjic


6 (+1)

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Michal Fanta


7 (-1)

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Daniel Lilygreen


8 (-4)

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Ricardo Alves


9 (-1)

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Louvre Museum


10 (+2)

Lloyd Roberts



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 31.91% - a slight decrease over last month and still a clear leader in the market in terms of individual countries. Spain jumps to second spot, just in front of the UK.

The top 3 countries by downloads were: USA (31.91%), Spain (6.28%) and the United Kingdom (6.06%).

That's it for the March 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.