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Staples is now selling 3D printers

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Today, Staples announced that it is now selling 3D printers. In yet another example that 3D printing is going mainstream, it is the first major retailer in the United States to sell 3D printers.

For $1299.99, The Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems is available online and will eventually be available in a limited number of stores in June. The printers are able to print objects 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5” in 16 colors.

“Staples is known for carrying the latest technology and 3D printers are the most recent example of our commitment to offering every product your business needs to succeed,” said Mike Edwards, Staples executive vice president, merchandising, in a statement.

That's not necessarily an exaggeration, at least when it comes to 3D printers. Last year, the company launched Staples Easy 3D in Europe to allow designers to print their product in a number of stores.

The latest push, however, makes it seem more realistic that the 3D printer could soon be a commonplace object in our homes.

Of course, if it's too pricey for your taste, you can always build your own 3D printer on the cheap.

Or get the printer from Staples.

Photo: Business Wire

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Tyler Falk

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