ELECTRONICS RETAILER Maplin has become the first high street shop in the UK to start selling a 3D printer for use in the home, which it has priced at £700.
The printer, named the Velleman K8200, is available to preorder now for £699.99 and will be available in Maplin stores from 9 July. For those ordering from the Maplin website, expect delivery towards the end of July.
While £699.99 sounds pretty expensive for a printer, the Velleman K8200 is the first commercially available 3D printer in the UK, enabling buyers to print out objects at a maximum size of 20x20cm. According to Maplin, objects will take around 30 minutes to print, with the printer capable of creating things such as phone cases and chess pieces. But at £699.99, we can't help but think it would be cheaper to just buy a chess set.
Users will be able to print in different colours too, with the plastic feedstock available in black, white, blue, red, orange, green, yellow and pink, although Maplin has been quick to point out that only one colour can be used at a time. These plastics are available for £29.99 per 1kg, although the printer ships with five meters.
Maplin commercial director Oliver Meakin said, "We have been excited about 3D printing technology for a long time, as its principles of innovation and creation sit perfectly with what Maplin has been doing for over 40 years.
"Until now, the cost of 3D printers limited their use to the professional market. However, the Velleman K8200 kit has enabled us to introduce 3D printing to the mass market.
"We selected this model primarily because it offers high performance printing at an affordable price, making it accessible to our customers. In addition, it requires assembly before use, which fits with the 'build it yourself' ethos so central to Maplin's heritage." µ
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