Staples announced earlier today that it is the first major U.S. retailer to carry the Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems.
Available immediately, the Cube 3D Printer is being sold for $1299.99 on Staples.com and is expected to be available in a limited number of Staples retail locations by the end of June.
For those of you unfamiliar with 3D Systems or the Cube, 3D Systems introduced the Cube, “the first consumer 3D printer,” at CES 2012. The Cube creates content by layering thin pieces of ABS or PLA material using the CubeStick glue to support the design as it is created. It takes about 40-45 minutes to create a simple design.
Still can’t figure it out? Watch our video from CES 2012 taken at the 3D Systems booth. Rajeev Kulkarni, (then) Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Solutions, gives a brief explanation.
The Cube 3D printer comes completely assembled with one cartridge that can create 13-14 average sized designs (maximum design size is 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches), a CubeStick, Print Pad, Cube Tube, USB stick and 25 free design creations. Staples will also sell the material cartridges (available in 16 colors), extra CubeSticks and Cube Print Pads. Each replacement cartridge costs $49.99.
No word if Staples will also end up selling 3D Systems latest 3D printer, the CubeX, introduced at CES 2013.