3D printing is still on the edge of mainstream. Amazon’s bold initiative to open a 3D printer and supplies section on its portal is just the push the fledgling industry needs. So, if you are shopping around for 3D printers and accessories, pay the online store a visit. Presently, Amazon is stocking products like printers, printer filaments, accessories, books, and CAD software. A Fabbster 3D Printer is retailing for $3000, while on the lower end you can buy a JET – Open Source printer for just around $1000.
Amazon is the second major retailer after Staples’s to jump on the 3D printing bandwagon. Staples started selling The Cube 3D printer through its online channel and will soon bring it to a selected number of retail stores. Amazon probably sees a future market here, and though it may not be using 3D printing technology for any of its operations, you cannot fault it for recognizing a potential opportunity. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had said about 3D printing that while the technology was exciting, it still had a long way to go.
“I think the answer to that is, not anytime soon. That’s far, far in the future.”
The Amazon store could be a boon for hobbyists who turn to DIY contraptions to build their own 3D models. With Amazon and Staples in the market, many more retailers can be expected to follow soon. The competition can only be a good thing as the market expands and prices get pushed down.
For now, what could be better than getting a 3D printer delivered to your doorstep? How do you feel about 3D printing in general and Amazon’s move in particular?
Source: The Washington Post