Office products company Staples Inc (Nasdaq:SPLS) announced on Friday that it has become the first major US retailer to announce the availability of 3D printers.
The Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems, a provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, is immediately available on Staples.com for USD1299.99 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June 2013.
This 3D printer, which is 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. Users can either print from a template or create a design using Cube's own software, Cubify Invent, sold separately.
Staples said that it will make printing with the Cube easy, by offering all of the essential accessories, including recyclable ABS and compostable PLA plastic cartridge refills, replenishment CubeSticks, which are used to stabilise the object being printed, and replacement Cube Print Pads.
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