We’ve been reviewing the accomplishments of puzzle makers who have made the leap into 3D printed designs and found, quite literally, the world’s biggest Rubik’s cube.
For the very first time, a personal 3D printer has been seen on display in a major retail chain. 3D Systems made a deal with Staples to resell the Cube some months ago, but until now the Cube has only been seen in Staples’ online store.
The next craze in 3D printing is here: entire rooms. Architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger built a prototype for the first 3D-printed room, which they are calling Digital Grotesque. It’s more of a grotto than a room; from the outside, it looks like a cube, and the inside is a work of art replete with intricate columns
If you are interested in 3D printing and you don’t have any CAD (computer aided design) skills, the first question to cross your mind often is “how will I design my own 3D models?”. While there are many solutions out there, ranging from the free Sketchup or Blender solutions to the more costly softwares like 3DS Max, Solidworks, or Catia, it is always difficult for the newcomers to find anything really easy
Staples is pushing its consumer printing offerings into the third dimension. The office supply chain has begun selling 3D Systems’ Cube printer through its site, as of this morning. Come the end of June, the WiFi-enabled, semi-portable printer will be hitting a select number of retail locations for $1,300.
3D printers are still very much intended for industry professionals or hobbyists. That’s going to change within the next five years though, and Staples has decided to get a head start. 3ders reports that Staples will start offering 3D Systems’ Cube 3D printer at physical store locations by the end of June