Staples to be first U.S. retailer to offer 3D printer to consumers

“The consumer market for 3D printers is being put to the test as Staples begins carrying the Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily.

“Staples, the world’s largest office supply retailer, on Friday became the first major U.S. retailer to announce availability of 3D printers,” Seitz reports. “It is selling the Cube for $1,300 on its website now and will make the printers available in a limited number of stores by the end of June.”

Seitz reports, “Rock Hill, S.C.-based 3D Systems is marketing Cube 3D printers to professional artists, hobbyists, small businesses and educators. The Cube is compatible with Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows computers, features Wi-Fi connectivity and comes with 25 free 3D templates, with more available online… The Cube can print items up to 5.5-inches square using material cartridges in 16 different colors.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. 3D printing, as overhyped as 3D TV.

    Until it can print with metals and on a large scale, it’s bullshit for most consumers but does of course have applications in vertical markets.

  2. I hear that the prime ministers of Australia and Canada and the political leaders of other countries that print plastic money have grabbed their pitchforks and torches to mob Staples head office.

  3. What’s significant here is that the software will work on BOTH platforms. Not too long ago, Mac users would have been shut out and Windows users would have had another reason to be smug.

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