The Rise of 3D Printing: Staples Becomes First Major U.S. Retailer to Sell 3D Printers
The printer will hit stores next month but is available online beginning today.
Staples announced its plans today to sell its first 3D printer, the 3D Systems Cube. With the announcement, Staples becomes the first U.S. retailer to so strongly embrace 3D printing, a technology that is slowly but surely bubbling up into the mainstream consciousness.
Released last year, the Cube can print in 16 colors and is designed with 3D printing newbies in mind. 3D systems CEO Abe Reichental says the device is all about taking what Apple did to the tablet market and bringing it over to the world of 3D printing.
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