We’re already eleven days into January…the Christmas decorations are (mostly) down, festive wrapping paper and gift bags have been stored until next year, and if you were lucky enough to find a 3D printer under your tree, hopefully you’ve got it all set up and are hard at work creating. Maybe you received a Flashforge Dreamer, a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact, or even a New Matter MOD-t. Perhaps instead of a 3D printer, you asked Santa for an Afinia 3D scanner, a 3Doodler Create 3D pen, or maybe just some extra filament. We know that one more gift comes around this time of year…that’s right, it’s time for the JeeQ Data report for the top 20 online bestselling 3D printers in the 4th quarter of 2016.
The 3D printers that held the number one and number two spots on the third quarter data report from Best Buy have flip-flopped. Now the Dremel Idea Builder 3D20-01 is at the top of the list, and the Robo 3D R1 Plus is second. What’s really interesting is that none of the printers on the 4th quarter list are less than the $349.99 it costs to buy the number three 3D printer, XYZprinting da Vinci Junior 1.0. In the third quarter, there were two offerings that retailed at $299.99, the HP 3D Capture Stage scanner and pre-sales for Mattel’s wireless ThingMaker 3D printer (which is still delayed in its release). Maybe people are just comfortable spending more money for big-ticket items at Christmas?
Besides the switch between the top two, the top five 3D printers from Best Buy are holding steady, even from the second quarter, with the MOD-t and the da Vinci Junior 1.0 still in the 4th and 5th slots. Three of the printers on Best Buy’s top 20 list are from 3D Systems, and none of them are less than $999.99; the CubePro Duo Wireless 3D Printer will actually set you back almost $3,500. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this is a large part of the reason why (along with 3DS’ drop from the consumer market just over a year ago) they’ve dropped over 6 percentage points from the third quarter in the “Top Ten Bestseller Appearance Share by Manufacturer,” bringing them down to less than 14 percent. This is reflected in the “Weekly Bestseller Trend” from Best Buy as well: you can see the company spiked upwards at the end of November, and then went steadily down all the way until Christmas. XYZprinting still has a massive lead at almost 45 percent, and just like with the top 20 list, Dremel and Robo have switched places.
There were some big changes from Amazon this quarter: this is the first different 3D printer that’s taken the number one spot on the “Top 20” list since the first quarter of 2016, when the Flashforge Creator Pro was at the top. The Monoprice MP Select Mini has jumped all the way up to the top, from its number six spot in the third quarter, and knocked the old number one contender, the JoyCrafty 3D Pen Filament Refills Strand, all the way down to number sixteen. 3D printing pens and filaments still dominate Amazon sales, with only six total 3D printers cracking the top twenty sellers. The MYNT3D 3D Art Printing Pen is now in the number two spot, having muscled past the FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro, now in the number eight spot. The 3D pen filament refill from JGK Holdings is hanging steady at number three. 3Doodler has three total offerings in the top twenty, but all are in the bottom half. Aleph Objects is now nowhere to be found on this list despite the popularity of LulzBot 3D printers.
The “Top Ten Bestseller Appearance Share by Manufacturer” from Amazon is still a lot different from Best Buy: where XYZprinting was very decidedly number one with Best Buy, it’s only number five with Amazon. Monoprice has gone up about three percentage points this quarter, and JoyCrafty, which was number two last quarter, has dropped about eight percent and is now hanging out in the bottom. In contrast, Soyan Technology, with two different 3D printing pens and a filament pack on the top 20 best seller list, has jumped almost nine percent to take the number two spot. Rounding out the top five are MYNT3D at just under ten percent and JGK Holdings still in the fourth spot at just over nine percent.
If you’re interested in tracking the current 3D printing trends on your own, you can sign up for your own JeeQ Data account, or just continue to follow 3DPrint.com, when we’ll review next quarter’s information in a few months. Discuss in the JeeQ forum at 3DPB.com.