3-D printers are being sold in stores in the U.K. for the first time, bringing the game-changing technology which enables users to print solid objects to the masses.
British electronics chain Maplin has seen high demand for the Velleman K8200 printer, which costs £699.99 ($1,047). It has already sold out online, and there is a 30-day wait for new stock.
Described as "super easy to use" by the company, the user can design and print objects that fit within its print area (20cm³), which could include anything from toys to bespoke prototype products. It takes around 30 minutes to print an object such as a smartphone case.
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The device, which is a similar size to a paper printer, works by reading a digital blueprint to build up thin layers of plastic to form a solid object.