The Most Popular 3D Printer Brands & Manufacturers?

A strange post appeared last week on Red Chill Media where they listed their thoughts on the “Top 4 Most Popular 3D Printer Brands & Manufacturers”. Their list included:
  1. Objet
  2. Z Corporation
  3. Desktop Factory (!)
  4. Dimension/Stratasys
We’re not sure we’d agree with this list, particularly item 3, Desktop Factory. While DT was highly touted and did good work, they ceased to exist some time ago, after being absorbed by industry giant 3D Systems (hm, where are 3D Systems on the list?) 
So who are the leading 3D print vendors these days? We’d have to split this into two very distinct categories: Commercial, where high-quality devices demand high prices, and Hobbyist, where incredibly inexpensive gear is used by a large and growing crowd. 
First, our list of commercial 3D printer vendors:
And our list of hobbyist 3D printer vendors/projects:
No, they’re not ranked. We have no way of knowing the relative size of these organizations. How would you measure them, anyway? Annual revenue? That would disqualify the open source projects. Media Coverage? Number of prints? Features & quality? All of these organizations offer benefits and challenges, and you must choose the one that fits your needs best. As for us, we decided to list them using an undebatable system: alphabetical. Enjoy!
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