3D printers have typically been sold directly from their makers or through online hobby shops. Today they get wider consumer exposure with Staples' announcement that it will begin selling the
3D Systems, the world's largest and oldest 3D printer manufacturer, launched
Competing 3D printer vendors have so far been limited to a few local or pop-up retail locations. MakerBot sells printers from its; Ultimaker and others sold printers this winter from the 3DEA 3D printing pop-up store, also in Manhattan.
Staples says the Cube will appear in stores in June, but the printer and its accessories are available for purchase from Staples.com today. Prices online all follow those on 3D Systems' own site, with the Cube itself going for its standard $1,299 price. Staples will also sell Cube accessories, including cartridges with the plastic printing material for $49.99, as well as a replacement glass printing surface for $99, and bottles of the glue required to hold objects in place during printing for $9.99.