Cute Cube 3D printer hits the high street at Currys and PC World

3D printing is hitting a high street near you as Currys and PC World introduce The Cube, a 3D-printer designed to be safe for kids.

3D printing is hitting a high street near you as Currys and PC World introduce The Cube, a 3D-printer designed to be safe for kids.

The 3D Systems Cube portable home 3D printer is designed to be plug-in-and-play -- or should that be plug-and-print -- so you can start making cute little tchotchkes as soon as you get it out of the box.

The printer comes with 25 free 3D print files so you have some blueprints for rocket ships and robots and roaring hippos to get you started. And when you know what you're doing, the Cube is compatible with software for designing your own 3D objects.

3D printers work by piping melted plastic into layers that build up an intricate shape, in this case up to 14cm tall, wide and deep. It's not a cheap hobby: cartridges of plastic cost a rather pricey £52.80, but come in sixteen colours including metallic silver and glow in the dark.

And the printer itself? That'll set you back £1,195. If you want a cheaper alternative, Maplin sells a 3D printer for £700 .

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The Cube is on sale at Currys and PC World tomorrow, 2 October. It comes in white, silver, pink, green, and blue.

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