3D Printing Content Trends Report - Q3 2018

3D Printing Content Trends Report #20

Q3 2018

This is the twentieth edition of the 3D Printing Content Trends Report, and the first to cover a quarter (rather than a month). Links to previous monthly reports can be found at the bottom of this page. This edition covers the period of July, August and September 2018, and as usal is based on global data from MyMiniFactory over this period. This trends report remains the authority to answer the question "What are people 3D printing on their desktop 3D printers?". Since 18th June 2018 (which also happened to be our 5th anniversary since launch), MyMiniFactory has been operating the Paid Digital File Store, allowing Creators to monetise their content through the sale of digital files to download and 3D print at home. Following reports will cover the progress of the file sales.

Consumer desktop 3D printing is nothing without content, and MyMiniFactory was the host of 55,667 published objects as of 30 June 2018 (+5,233 published objects in Q3, or +10.4% over Q2).

This report gives insights into 3D printable object consumption for Q3: 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 Q3 2018:


Most Popular Categories

Some 42,557 different objects were downloaded at least once across Q3 (which represents 76% of all published objects at 30th September). We have broken down below the most popular object categories by number of downloads. The Fan Art category remained at #1 spot in Q3, followed by Toys & GamesHome & GardenScan the WorldProps & CosplayGadgets & Electronics, and Education.

Published Designers

The total number of designers with at least 1 object published on their profile grew from 10,470 published designers at the end of June to 11,451 at the end of September 2018.

Top Designers

Below are the ranking of the most downloaded Creators for the entire period of Q3 2018.

The trio on the podium is a popular one: Scan the World tops the list, followed by Devin Montes from MakeAnything and Printed Obsession. 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 (@Scan The World) 91,805
2 Devin Montes (@MakeAnything) 36,025
3 Printed Obsession (@c4th) 19,549
4 Jukka Seppänen (@kijai) 14,373
5 David Östman (@eastman) 12,911
6 Fotis Mint (@Fotis Mint) 11,806
7 Kirby Downey (@Kirby Downey) 11,749
8 MiniWorld (@MiniWorld) 9,762
9 Tanya Wiesner (@twiesner) 8,410
10 Arian Croft (@dutchmogul) 8,116


Countries by Popularity 

The map below indicates download percentages by country. The top 3 most active countries by downloads during Q3 2018 were: USA (29.2%), Germany (6.4%) and France (5.6%).

That's it for the Q3 report! 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. 
Previous reports: #19: June 2018; #18: May 2018; #17: April 2018; #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