Something interesting showed up in 3D Hubs’ monthly trends report: XYZ Printing’s Da Vinci 3D printer is trending.
But first some background: 3D Hubs, a distributed network of 3D printers, has the unique position of gathering statistics on their large and growing community of 3D printers. Each month they publish an always-interesting report on findings.
This month the 3D printer that gained the most in their database is XYZ Printing’s Da Vinci 1.0 3D printer. It’s a very low cost personal unit (USD$499) backed by a large Asian conglomerate. It also uses proprietary plastic filament, which we suspect helps subsidize the low unit price. It was expected to be a popular machine simply due to its ultra-low price.
That may be true, if one believes the 3D Hubs report, which showed that model growing 56% over last month’s report. That’s more than twice the growth rate of the next item on the list, the Robo3D. Now, remember, this is simply the growth rate, not the total number. The Da Vinci may well be far down the list – but it’s growing fast. It’s not even in their top 25 – but it may be if the growth rate continues.
Products will appear in a cyclic manner on lists such as 3D Hubs’. There is typically a rush to buy a new product at launch and then sales tail off over time. Eventually, they’ll be replaced by a newer model and the cycle begins again.
What does all this mean? Simple: Cash is King, as always.
Via 3D Hubs