XYZprinting tops 2016 consumer 3D printer shipments
by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 January 2017
Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose 25% year-on-year in the first three quarters of 2016 to hit 217,000 units, according to IT market research company CONTEXT. In total, 96% of units shipped were personal and desktop 3D printers, carrying an average price of just under US$1,000.
This represents a 27% year-on-year growth for personal and desktop 3D printers. Taiwan’s XYZprinting remained the global leader in personal and desktop 3D printers, seeing its share grow to 22% for the first three quarters of 2016.
The consumer side of the market saw the exit by the number three global overall player 3D Systems and the continued repositioning of Stratasys’ MakerBot line away from the low end. The market did not see the entrance of Mattel into the market as anticipated, nor did it see other consumer-focused brands enter in 2016, with the exception of Polaroid.
CONTEXT noted that the market did see successful crowdsourced efforts and new brands such as Monoprice and Wanhao emerge on the global scene.
"While Stratasys and 3D Systems continued to shift away from the mainstream personal and desktop 3D printer market, other brands - especially XYZprinting - filled the void," said Chris Connery, VP for global analysis at CONTEXT. "Demand continues to be seen for these devices across the globe as evidenced by rising shipments, the emergence of new brands and large crowdsourced start-ups continuing to come on the scene."