UK high-street electronics retailer Maplin has become the first major retailer in the UK to sell 3D printers in their stores. They are offering the Kelleman K8200 printer for £699.99.
Maplin started out selling electronic components, such as semiconductors and switches, to electronics enthusiasts so that they could build there own electronic circuits. In recent years they have expanded into the retail sector and now have 205 stores throughout the UK and sell a wide range of electronics and electrical products.
The Velleman K8200 is a DIY 3D printer that the customer assembles prior to use. It was launched by Velleman NV, a Belgian wholesaler and developer of electronics products, at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair last April and is also being sold by several major electronics retailers in mainland Europe.
The Velleman K8200 has a specification that compares well to other entry-level 3D printers, such as the RepRap or MakerBot Replicator 2. It has a build volume of 20cm x 20cm x 20cm, a print speed of 150 to 300 mm/s with a kayer resolution of 0.2 – 0.25 mm.
Maplin are shipping 5m of PLA material with each printer to you started and replacement 1KG rolls of 3mm PLA filament sell for £29.99.
Maplin are not the only UK based retailer to be interest in promoting 3D printing to the masses. UK grocery chain Tesco are exploring how to offer 3D printing services in their stores. Staples have begun selling the Cube 3D printer in their stores and Amazon recently launched a 3D printing store on their site.