Jul.1, 2013

Maplin in UK will begin selling its first 3D printer from next week, for £700.

Maplin Electronics, a retailer of electronic goods in the UK and Ireland, has totally 205 Maplin Electronics stores. The company has also invested UK£40 million to overhaul its e-commerce platform.

From next Tuesday (July 9) Maplin will begin offering the Velleman K8200 3D printer kit.

Belgium company Velleman NV, a major wholesaler and developer of electronics products, launched their Velleman 3D printer kit on the Hong Kong Electronics Fair on April 23, 2013. Very quickly its Velleman 3D printer has arrived on shelves of a few big electronics retailers. In April 2013, the Velleman K8200 was announced to be listed on Conrad Electronic's webshop in Holland and Germany.

The Velleman K8200 is a 3D printer kit that you will have to assemble the printer yourself.

Nominal mechanical resolution:

• X and Y: 0.015 mm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the X and Y direction)
• Z: 0.781 µm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the Z direction)


Nominal printing resolution:

• Wall thickness (X,Y): 0.5 mm
• Layer thickness (Z) : 0.20 – 0.25 mm

The Velleman K8200 printer kit comes with 5m of plastic wire, and PLA filaments sells for £30 on Maplin as well.

Maplin is joining online shopping giant Amazon, and major U.S. retailer Staples to push 3D printing into the mainstream. Amazon added a new section on its site dedicated to 3D printers and accessories last month, and Staples announced in early May that its online store would start selling the Cube 3D Printer for $1300.

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jd90 wrote at 7/2/2013 12:22:42 AM:

Jameco in the US is offering the Velleman printer kit too. https://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_2184561_-1

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