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Top 3D Printing Headlines Last Week: Libraries, China, Survey Results

UNR Library 3D Printing

A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from July 17 to July 22.

Tuesday, July 17

Wednesday, July 18

Thursday, July 19

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

Sunday, July 22


3D printing photo by DSTL UNR used under Creative Commons license.

Results of First Survey On 3D Printing: Adoption, Education, Services

[Updated for corrections]

The results of the first survey on 3D printing are captured below, courtesy of Statistical Studies of Peer Production. We wanted to highlight the most interesting statistics.

First engagement with 3D printing: The survey asked respondents when they first used 3D printing. The largest concentration was for the year 2011. 2010 and 2012 were close runners up. This suggests that we are at an inflection point for adoption of 3D printing.

Chart 3D Printing First Engagement

Education level: 33.7% of 3D printing users have a 4-year college degree and another 23.5% have an advanced degree. This suggests that the earliest adopters are mainly well-educated people.

Chart 3D Printing Education Level



Most commonly used 3D printers: The most commonly used 3D printer was RepRap, with MakerBot as the close second.

Most Commonly Used 3D Printers

Usage of 3D printing services: The most-used 3D printing service was Shapeways. Others, like i.materialise and Ponoko, were not commonly used. The largest response to this question was “none”, which suggests that these 3D printing services have a long road ahead in terms of driving awareness.

Chart 3D Printing Services

Read the full report at PeerProduction.net.

Here is a video by Stephen Murphey visualizing the results.