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Framingham, Mass. — Staples said it will begin selling 3D printers in the U.S., claiming it is the first major retailer in this country to do so.
The Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems, a provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, is immediately available on Staples.com for $1,299 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June.
The Cube 3D Printer, ready to use right out of the box, features Wi-Fi, is compatible with Mac or Windows, and comes with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online, Staples said.
With a portable design, the Cube can fit in the office, classroom or living room, so it can be used by “designers, small businesses, students and kids,” the retailer said.
“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’ merchandising executive VP “Staples is known for carrying the latest technology and 3D printers are the most recent example of our commitment to offering every product your business needs to succeed.”
3D printing has been hailed as a revolutionary method and an efficient technology for manufacturing, allowing for the creation of shapes or objects using digital technology. For companies creating new products, 3D printing can make it easier to design and test new concepts, and decrease the time to market.
“We are absolutely thrilled that a leader and innovator of the caliber of Staples is making it easy to get our award winning Cube 3D printer family online and in their stores,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ president and CEO. “Staples is the ideal partner to deliver the only true plug-and-play 3D printer to offices, living rooms, classrooms and hobby shops, extending our reach and consumer access.”
The Cube 3D printer can print items up to 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches, using material cartridges in 16 different colors including metallic silver, glow in the dark and vibrant and neutral colors. Users can either print from a template or create a design using Cube’s own software, Cubify Invent, sold separately.
Staples is offering all of the essential accessories, including recyclable ABS and compostable PLA plastic cartridge refills, replenishment CubeSticks, which are used to stabilize the object being printed, and replacement Cube Print Pads, the retailer said.
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