Apple Stores Start Selling 3D Printers

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Is Apple interested in 3D printing technologies? The company's retail operation suggest this might be the case, as European Apple Stores now offer Ultimaker 3D printers.

Ultimaker 2+The Ultimaker printer in question-- the Ultimaker 2+-- can be found in Apple Stores in 12 European countries, namely Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and Hungary.

Of course, Apple is hardly the first PC maker to offer 3D printers in own retail locations. Dell started selling MakerBot 3D printers in its showrooms, and MakerBot products are also available from Microsoft stores. And while we doubt Apple plans to make an own 3D printer, it does own some patents covering the technology.

 

 

The 3D printer on sale from the Apple Stores is also interesting. Ultimaker is one of the biggest 3D printer makers in the world and, contrary to Apple, encourages customers to modify its open source products. That said, the Ultimaker 2+ has a clean aesthetic that feels right at home next to the current generation of Macs and iPhones.

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