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Aldi unveils 3D printer

November 13, 2017

(Copyright: 3D Printing Industry)

From next week, the global supermarket chain will be making its own 3D printer available to pre-order.

According to 3D Printing Industry, Aldi – which has over 10,000 stores in 18 countries – “may be better positioned than most” to make household 3D printing a widespread phenomenon.

From 19 November 2017 the chain will be making its own 3D printer available to pre-order at a cost of £299 (€335.58). The printer uses software that “comes with easy access” to Myminifactory, a 3D printable object-sharing platform that “hosts more than 36,000 guaranteed” 3D printables.

Aldi’s new release comes in the wake of the chain’s 2016 testing of the 3D market, when an offer was made available through its Australian branches. It has now become “one of the first major global retailers to sell a branded customer-oriented 3D printer.” It is thought that “the technology will soon compete with other consumer devices like game consoles for Christmas.”

Aldi’s 3D printer features include a sturdy steel frame, a fully enclosed power supply built into the base, a new touchscreen LCD with intuitive menus and control, and a heated bed for improved filament adhesion.

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