61b4bb7a-f7ac-4271-97a7-8fcff98a8697You may have noticed that the 3D printing industry is heating up at the desktop level at a surprising pace. While you very likely had a special interest in the technology previously, now you are seeing it in your libraries, your kids’ classrooms, the university lab—and maybe even in your neighbors’ homes too. As Christmas approaches (did we just say that in October?), the retailers will soon be in full swing—with electronics at the top of the list as generous gift purchases for many shoppers.

And while the market for 3D printers under the tree was gaining ground last year, with even more machines out there at even better prices now, it will be interesting to see how many find a nice big bow this year on a Robo 3D R1 Plus, a Dremel Idea Builder 3D20, or maybe an XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 All-in-One. Those are, after all, the top three printers sold by Best Buy for the third quarter of this year, reported in the JeeQ Data report for the bestselling 3D printers in the third quarter, offering a clear picture of today’s most popular manufacturers. With all of these printers sold for under $1,000, the prices are popular as well obviously, although certainly not the lowest by any means. And in comparison to the second quarter, while we may seem the same hardware at the top of the list, there have been some shakeups further down in the top 20, mixed in with of the usual crowd there from the MakerBot Replicator to the Digitizer 3D Scanner, and even pre-orders for the $299 ThingMaker by Mattel—now scheduled for release in fall of 2017.

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3D Systems is in full force, however, beginning to shake up the bottom of the list—with five mentions—piquing our curiosity for the next quarterly report already. In terms of popularity and sales by manufacturer, 3D Systems this quarter only accounts for just under 20 percent of ‘Top Ten Bestseller Appearance Share by Manufacturer,’ while XYZprinting takes the monster share at just over 40 percent, with both leaving a bit of room for the others. The ‘Weekly Bestseller Trend’ from Best Buy tells the same story.

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But as we’ve seen previously from JeeQ data, the story from Amazon is much different—with the filament package from JoyCrafty for their 3D printer pen coming in at number one to the FlashForge Creator Pro next, and then third place going out to more 3D pen filaments from JGK Holdings—and sent down one notch from last quarter as it trades places with the Creator Pro. This is a similar scene from last quarter, with many of the same players toggling back and forth, but also with the emergence of the Manve Intelligent 3D Printing Pen in fifth place, and a newcomer.

The lower spots in the top 20 are made up of most of the same products, with a good supply of 3D printing pens and filaments there too, like the Kuman 100B and the Sunveza 3D Printing Pen Kit. Also notable on the list however, is the LulzBot TAZ 6, still at the bottom, but this time with the TAZ 5 out of sight, and the newer Aleph Objects machine sitting at #19.

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For Amazon, the ‘Top Ten Bestseller Appearance Share by Manufacturer’ is much different from Best Buy’s as well, demonstrating a chart that is much more spread out in terms of markets hare from MonoPrice at the top with 15.82 percent to JoyCrafty and FlashForge running neck and neck at just under 10 percent. As the holiday season truly gets into swing, we’ll certainly be interested to see what the next JeeQ data report holds in terms of the desktop 3D printing industry.

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Do you want to track current trends in 3D printing also? If so, you can sign up for your own account at JeeQ–or just check back with 3DPrint.com, when we review the next quarter’s information. Discuss further in the JeeQ 3D Printer Data forum over at 3DPB.com.

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