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Staples becomes first major US retailer to sell 3D printers with $1,299 Cube

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The day you'll be able to walk into a national retail chain and leave with a 3D printer is almost here. Staples today announced that it's begun selling 3D Systems' Cube 3D Printer for $1,299. The device won't be in stores until the end of June, and even then it will only be available from a "limited number" of locations. But online orders kick off immediately, so you can order one from the Staples website and have it shipped to your door starting today.

3D Systems started shipping the Cube 3D Printer to consumers just over a year ago. It's not quite as feature-rich or capable as some competing printers, though you'll be able to create items up to 5.5 inches square. Designs are also limited to one of 16 different colors (Staples says it plans to stock replacement cartridges and other accessories). Once owners print out all 25 included templates, they'll need to hunt down additional designs online — thankfully Cubify doesn't make it a hard process.