January 31, 2013
2012: 3D Printing’s Big Year (in numbers)
Makezine Blog checked in with several consumer-class 3D printer companies to see how 2012 went down for them and to get their thoughts on 2013 and beyond:
... Printrbot went on to sell about 3,000 printers in 2012 with sales of almost $1 million. Most sales were in December. Printrbot’s best sales have come from its low priced ($400) Printrbot Jr. model and there’s an even lower priced model to come. Meanwhile, the company just went live with Makrz, an iPhone app with 30,000 open source 3D software files.
MakerBot, the industry darling is tight-lipped about its sales figures, but PR director Jenifer Howard said sales of the MakerBot Replicator 2 were “exceeding expectations.” ... The company estimated it had 25 percent of the overall 3D printer market. Currently, there are more than 15,000 MakerBot 3D printers out in the wild, the company said.
Last month, Trinity Labs started taking orders for the printer Zygmuntowicz. With a 320mm x 320mm x 350mm print capacity, it has one of the biggest print sizes on the market. It’s going to sell for about $2,200, but Zygmuntowicz offered discounts for pre-orders and he’s already sold more than 100 with plans to begin shipping this month.
“We sold the first 50 in ten days,” he said. On New Year’s Eve, Trinity topped $100,000 in sales for one month, a record for the company. “3D printing is really on fire and exploding right now,” Zygmuntowicz said.
Trinity Labs also plans to release a “pocket printer” with a tiny 75mmX75mmX75mm print size that Ezra says makes it ideal for budget-conscious schools. “It will literally fit in your pants pocket when it’s folded up,” he said.
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