Sam's Club (NYSE:WMT) announced that it has started selling MakerBot 3D printers in more than 300 store locations across the country. The Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is meant to fit into an office, classroom or home space and be marketed toward professionals, small-business owners, entrepreneurs and educators.
"I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology," said Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. "By expanding our retail presence into Sam's Club, we're providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small-business owners and show them the power of 3D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3D printing today."
Sam's Club joins Home Depot, which began selling MakerBot 3D printers in stores last summer, and Amazon, which began selling 3D printers online last March.
Sam's Club, a membership-based retailer and warehouse club owned by Walmart, has 647 locations across the country, reported 3dPrint.com. Sam's Club will also be expanding abroad: Walmart announced it would open seven Sam's Club locations in China in the next three years.
-See this Sam's Club press release
-See this 3DPrint article
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