Amazon to Start Selling 3D Printers
3D printers are undoubtably one of the most controversial technologies in the modern world, be that due to the impact they're likely to have on jobs or the ability they give for people to print dangerous items (guns for instance).
So it's huge news that the worlds largest online retailer is to setup a shop dedicated to selling 3D printers.
Amazon will be creating a new section of their site devoted to all things 3D, be that printers themselves or spare parts and accessories for them.
3D printers are already sold by a range of companies, from MakerBot to Cubify, with prices ranging from $1,099 for the JET Open source printer, to $2,479 for the MakerBot Replicator 2.
It represents a huge step towards taking 3D printing mainstream. High street stationary store Staples has already begun stocking the devices, but Amazon is the first major e-commerce site to do so.
While the prices remain high, they have come down significantly in recent years, and many devices are now on the market for around $1,000, making them accessible for the home market.
The increased availability of printers has fuelled a growth in the number of product designs and schematics that are freely available online. Sites like Thingverse.com carry a wide range of freelay available designs.
Will you buy a 3D printer from Amazon?