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Staples will sell 3D printers

Staples Inc., the office supply giant, said Friday that it is the first major US retailer to announce the availability of 3D printers.

3D printing allows for the creation of shapes or objects using digital technology, and the Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems is now available on Staples.com for $1,299.99 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June, the Framingham-based company said in a statement.

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The Cube 3D Printer features WiFi, is compatible with Mac or Windows, and comes with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online, Staples said. It has a compact design that aims to attract designers, small businesses, students, and children.

Mike Edwards, Staples executive vice president of merchandising, said, “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.”

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