7 May 2013
Staples is selling 3D printers
TORONTO—Staples announced last week that 3D printers are now available online at Staples.com and will appear on U.S. store shelves by the end of June.

While the news doesn't apply to our cut of the continent, a Staples Canada rep told PrintCAN that the company, including its online portal Staples.ca, is looking at the possibility of carrying the device as well.

The Cube 3D Printer sells for $1299.99
The Cube 3D Printer sells for $1299.99

In America, the business and office supplies retailer is selling the Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems for $1299.99. The machine requires no assembly, has Wi-Fi capabilities, is compatible with Windows or Mac, and comes with 25 free design templates. Additional templates are available online.

The Cube, appropriately named, can print items up to 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5". It uses material cartridges in 16 colours including metallic silver, glow-in-the-dark, and neutral colours. Users can rely on templates or can create their own designs using the Cubify Invent software, sold separately. Accessories, like cartridge refills, will also be available through Staples.

Affordable 3D printers are being positioned as a major development, touted by many as ushering in a new era in tech with lots of potential implications (guns, anyone?) and applications for businesses,  consumers, designers, governments and more. With a price tag of less than $1,500, would you be interested in buying a 3D printer? And if so, what would you use it for? Let us know in the comments.
Comments:
6. Homer says:
3 June 2013 at 2:30 PM
Turtle, 3D printing is the wrong solution for the dental industry. And they've already been using CNC machines for years.
5. Paul says:
30 May 2013 at 10:09 AM
The first thing I would make is another replicator!
4. Brian says:
15 May 2013 at 3:46 PM
Not sure why they call these printers at all... possibly duplicators or replicators. Printing is and always will be 2 dimensional. This is manufacturing and prototyping.
3. Turtle says:
9 May 2013 at 12:26 AM
I guarantee that every dentist will eventually have one, to scan and print models of your teeth instead of taking impressions and pouring them up in stone.
2. Poopoo Peepee Pants says:
8 May 2013 at 4:01 PM
So much for that as a revenue stream
1. Started In A Trade Shop says:
8 May 2013 at 9:51 AM
I guess it's only a matter of time before we will see 3D guns coming to Canada.You can't beat technology, but in the wrong hands it could be dangerous.
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