In what could be seen as a sign that consumer level 3D printers are going mainstream, Staples’ have begun selling the 3D Systems Cube printer in their stores and on their website. They are the first major US retailer to offer 3D printers for sale which has come shortly after opening a 3D printing “Experience Center” in Holland.
The Cube 3D printer retails for $1299.99 and is available in 5 different cabinet colors, classic silver or new white, magenta, blue or green, and is touted as a “Plug and Play” printer that works straight out of the box. The Cube should be one of the more user friendly 3D printers on the market as it comes preassembled and is Windows and Mac compatible. It comes supplied with 25 3D templates which can be loaded to the Cube via USB memory stick or the built-in WiFi.
“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.
The 3D Systems Cube can print models up to 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 5.5″ (149mm x 140mm x 140mm) in ABS or PLA plastic materials, available in 16 different colors, that come in cartridges retailing for $49.99 apiece. Currently Staples are only offering the Cube for sale through their website but they plan on stocking a limited number in their stores from June.
This is the first step in Staples’ bringing 3D printing to the masses and with their plans to open “Experience Centers” in their U.S. stores we’re likely to see if consumers have an appetite for this “cutting-edge” technology that lives up to the hype.