Office Depot have become the latest retailer to offer 3D printers to their customers, which may show that the 3D printer could be the next must have business tool.
Office Depot are a worldwide office supplies and printing provider, but they are not the first to offer 3D printing solutions in this sector. Staples have already started to offer a 3D printing service in some of their European stores and it seems that both of these big players are expecting 3D printing to provide opportunities for them in the business and home office markets.
“Whether for small businesses, product designers or students, Cube 3D printers are an affordable 3D printing solution that puts customers just a click away from their imagination. These printers offer a new way to express personality by creating fully formed objects through advances in printing software and technology.” says Office Depot in their announcement. “We are already an established leader in 2D printing services and print product offerings. 3D printers are just the latest example of Office Depot’s commitment to providing new and pioneering products and solutions that customers need to start, run and grow their business.” said George Hill, Office Depot’s Senior Vice President of Copy and Print Depot.
3D printers are seen as a natural progression of office laser printers and therefore a perfect fit for office equipment retailers. Office Depot are stocking the 3D Systems Cube and CubeX 3D printers, for $1,299 and $2,499, respectively, but they are only available from their online store at the moment.
This is more good news for 3D Systems who have seen their pro-sumer Cube 3D printers being sold by more and more retailers around the world. In selling the Cube models the major Japanese consumer electronics giant Yamada Denki recently become the first retailer in Japan to sell 3D printers.