Pedestrians pass a Staples store in New York City.

If you make office supplies, you know you've arrived when your product hits the shelves at Staples. The retail chain says it will start carrying the Cube 3D printer made by 3D Systems. The printer is priced at $1,299.99. 

Max Bogue, co-founder of the company that invented the 3D printing pen 3Doodler, thinks the move will help small businesses interested in trying out the new technology.

"Mainly it would be small businesses that are looking to do prototyping, and who would see the advantage of having a major retailer, like Staples, supporting a 3D printer," Bogue says.

It's still too early to tell whether 3D printing will take off, or if another innovation come along and render it moot (just ask a fax machine how it feels about the Internet). The Cube 3D is available online at Staples.com now and hits stores in June. The printers work with Mac or Windows operating systems and come with templates for things like baskets and chess pieces.

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