Earlier this year, Office Depot began to offer in-store demonstrations of the Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems. It was apparently a hit as the retailer is now expanding the “3D printing experience” to more stores.
Office Depot announced this morning that the 3D Systems Cube 3D printing experience will soon be available in 150 retail locations across the country. The move will allow even more customers to see first hand how a 3D printer works. From there, the customer can then purchase their very own Cube 3D or CubeX 3D printer from Office Depot’s Web site.
“We received an overwhelming response from our initial pilot program in Denver,” said George Hill, Office Depot’s Senior Vice President of Copy and Print Depot. “Customers ranging from tech buffs and entrepreneurs to marketers, educators and stay-at-home parents commented on how they would utilize 3D printing in their lives. With that insight, we knew we needed to expand the scope and offer these demonstrations to markets across the country.”
While 3D printing demonstrations may have been expanded to 150 stores, they’re still only available in eight states – California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon and Texas. It should come as no surprise that most of the stores now offering in-store demonstrations are in California and Texas, but it’s a little disappointing that Office Depot isn’t bringing these demonstrations to even more consumers around the nation.
For those who don’t have a participating Office Depot in your state, you might want to check out Staples. The retailer not only sells the Cube 3D printer through its online store, but its retail locations as well. Staples has all the same colors and plastic cartridges as well so you’re not really missing out. If neither option appeals to you, you can always check out UPS or any of the numerous makerspaces around the country.
[Image: Office Depot]