Once a staple of science fiction stories, 3D printers are beginning to reach consumers.
On Friday, the Cube 3D Printer hit the website of office supply chain Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS). At $1,300 each, the printers are still a bit expensive for most shoppers, but prices are falling as other 3D printers hit the market. Solidoodle has announced 3D printer models for just $500, PC World notes.
The Cube 3D Printer uses cartridges filled with ABS and PLA plastic resins to “print” items that measure 5.5 inches. The printer comes with 25 design templates and features WiFi connectivity.
3D printing has broad applications across a number of fields, including design and architecture. The process works by depositing sequential layers of material according to computer-generated designs.
Staples says that the Cube 3D Printer could arrive in a small number of its brick and mortar stores by June.
Shares of Staples rose fractionally in Monday morning trading.