3D printers hit UK high street


Maplin bring Velleman K8200 3D printer to UK high street

News: electronics retailer Maplin has become the first UK chain to sell 3D printers aimed at the domestic market.

The Velleman K8200 printer, priced at £700 and no bigger than an inkjet printer, is available to pre-order today from Maplin.

Using the simple software to design three dimensional objects, consumers can print anything under 20 x 20 x 2o square centimetres, from a smartphone case to replacement chess pieces. A smartphone case will take about 30 minutes to print.

Here's a demonstration video of the K8200 machine in action:

Maplin's commercial director Oliver Meakin said: "We have been excited about 3D printing technology for a long time, as its principles of innovation and creation sit perfectly with what Maplin has been doing for over 40 years."

"Until now, the cost of 3D printers limited their use to the professional market," he added. "However, the Velleman K8200 kit has enabled us to introduce 3D printing to the mass market."

The printer comes with five metres of PLA, the plastic raw material used by the printer, and replacement cartridges cost £30.

The rising popularity of 3D printing has led to dozens of recent experiments by designers. Earlier this month Iris van Herpen and Rem D Koolhaas unveiled 3D-printed shoes that look like tree roots, while a design graduate has developed 3D-printed casts for fractured bones.

You can read more about the way 3D printing is changing the worlds of architecture, design, food and medicine in Print Shift, our one-off print-on-demand magazine all about additive manufacturing.

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  • Paul

    That's nothing new at all. Very similar 3D printers in the same price range have already been available for years.

  • M.S.

    “the first 3D printer for the home.” Is this a free advert or a memory lapse?

  • dom

    “Using the simple software to design three dimensional objects, consumers can print anything under 20 square centimetres, from a smartphone case to replacement chess pieces.”

    More than 20 sq cm, I believe.

  • boooo

    Can I build my house with it?

  • Nuno

    “under 20 square centimetres” or within a 20-centimetre-per-side square? Or, presumably, a 20-centimetre cube, since that’s the whole point of a 3D printer…

    • dezeen_intense

      Oops! It's 20 x 20 x 20 cm. Thanks for pointing out the error!

  • Is this just Maplin selling a RepRap? Or is the RepRap I built and still run in 2009 a figment of my imagination?

  • The Prusa/Wallace hybrid seems to be a popular model to ‘commercialize.’ Cooking-Hacks has also started selling something vaguely similar.

    One thing to note, Velleman makes fantastic electronic components. Cheap wireless transceivers, cheap wireless power outlets, and lots of other useful components. They seem to pick well-made mass produced components and slap their name on it.

  • Ideal for printing all those little trinkets until you realize it’s cost you £30 in time and materials for something you could have bought in a pound shop.