3D printers are still very much intended for industry professionals or hobbyists. That's going to change within the next five years though, and Staples has decided to get a head start.
3ders reports that Staples will start offering 3D Systems' Cube 3D printer at physical store locations by the end of June. If you can't wait, you can buy the Cube through Staple's online store today for the relatively low price of $1,299.
"Staples is excited to bring the power of 3D printing to our customers, by being the first major U.S. retailer to announce the availability of this innovative technology that lets you create fully formed objects in your home or small business," said Mike Edwards, Staples executive vice president, merchandising.
Now this is actually a pretty big deal. Before today's announcement, those looking for 3D printers had to buy them straight from the manufacturer. Retailers were probably cautious about stocking 3D printers because the high price ensures the technology will be a niche product for at least the next few years. With Staples throwing its support behind it, we might see other retailers stocking 3D printers, including cheaper models.
The Cube from Staples comes with all the benefits of buying one from 3D Systems. In other words, you get to choose your color, including green and pink printers. There's a wide selection of plastic cartridges, including the more unique materials, as well.