Every week we get closer and closer to the mainstream adoption of 3D printing. As businesses scurry to stay on top of the latest trends, 3D printing has to be on their minds. Several days ago, we got word that UPS was placing 3D printers in 100 UPS Store locations around the United States for those who do not own their own machines. Already, customers at certain Home Depots, Staples and Microcenters are able to walk into the stores with a credit card, and walk out as a proud owner of a new 3D printer.
It appears that another major retail chain will be adding their name to that short list. Michaels, the number one retailer for arts and craft supplies, who already sells the 3Doodler 3D printing pen as well as filament strands for that device, has updated their coupon policy, and in the terms of the policy one can find a little hint as to their future 3D printer plans.
“Not valid on: As Seen on TV, Silhouette and Cricut brands; Custom special order products, services and package pricing; custom invitations, canvas prints & photo center purchases; Cube 3D printer & accessories, Rainbow Loom products, 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen & accessories, sewing machines, books, magazines, CD/DVDs, gift cards and debit card products,” states their website.
We have contacted the company to get clarity on this matter, however, we are still waiting to hear back with a response. The addition of 3D printers to their store shelves certainly makes sense. After all, what product could possibly have more utility to crafters and hobbyists than a 3D printer, right?
It will be interesting to see if Michaels decides to offer just the Cube 3D printer and likely their filament cartridges, or if they expand and offer 3D printers from several manufacturers, as well as filaments which are not exclusive to a brand, like that of 3D Systems’ Cube. Imagine being able to walk into a store and purchase your filament, rather than having to order it online. Would be nice right?
Will other arts and crafts chains like Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft, or AC Moore follow suit next, and if so, which printers will they stock? Let’s hear your thoughts on what looks to be Michaels’ entrance into the retail business of 3D printing, in the Michaels 3D printing forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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