Budget supermarket chain Aldi will sell a 3D printer for $499 this week.
The device comes from Australian manufacturer Cocoon Create, a subsidiary of consumer hardware vendor Winplus Australia.
The Cocoon Create 3D printer measures at 400 x 410 x 400mm and can receive data via USB or a SD card. The device supports PLA, ABS, PVA and HIPS filaments that Aldi will also start selling and can print objects with a volume of 200 x 200 x 180mm.
The printer will be bundled with Cura, a 3D printing software package for Windows, allowing users to create models for art, design and engineering.
Winplus senior manager of product development Matt Burnett said the device was ideal for hobbyists, engineers, businesses and students.
“This is the first real consumer-friendly-priced printer that we’re bringing to the masses,” said Burnett. “We’re envisioning this going out to hobbyists, students, people creating toys and decorations, students and industries.”
Based in Melbourne, Winplus Australia manufactures a range of products including drones, home security systems and headphones.
This is not Aldi's first foray into consumer technology. The national grocer has previously sold a $279 dual-SIM Android phone called the Bauhn Sphere and various Android tablets.
The Cocoon Create 3D printer will be available in Aldi stores on Wednesday 17 February.