Sam's Club expands 3-D printer sales to all stores

Sam's Club (NYSE:WMT) will now sell MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3-D Printers in all 600 store locations nationwide. Select clubs will also feature an in-club display that allows customers to test out the technology first-hand.

"Sam's Club is a great retailer for MakerBot products. Its customers include professionals, small-business owners, entrepreneurs, educators and others who have a natural interest in desktop 3-D printing," said Mark Schulze, chief revenue officer of MakerBot. "We believe that exposing more retail shoppers to desktop 3-D printing will help accelerate the adoption of the technology. Our revamped in-club display at Sam's Club makes it easier for customers to understand the technology and the benefits it offers today."

In March, Sam's Club, a division of Walmart, first announced a partnership with MakerBot to place printers in about 300 stores. It provided the retailer with its first entrance into the 3-D printing space.

According to 3DPrint.com, Sam's Club sells the $1,375 printer at a discounted price. MakerBot recently laid off 20 percent of its workforce, so this deal may be just what the company needs to increase revenue.

Other retailers already selling MakerBot include Home Depot (NYSE: HD), with the first sales last summer, and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), which began selling 3-D printers online last March.

For more:
-See this MakerBot press release
-See this 3Dprint.com article

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