Today UPS has announced it will be making 3D printing available to consumers through a new in-store service.
Beginning in the San Diego area of California, select UPS store locations will be offering the service to small businesses as well as consumers. The company also said they plan to add additional cities to their service in the near future.
UPS have decided to make the move into 3D printing after a recent poll showed considerable interest from both businesses and the general public in trying out the service. Of those polled, many cited a desire to create prototypes, artistic renderings or promotional materials as the reason for wanting to test out the technology.
Speaking in a press release, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store Michelle Van Slyke said; “Start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners may not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer on their own, but they may have a need to show prototypes to their current and potential customers. By offering 3D printing capabilities in-center, we're able to help further our small business customers' opportunities for success.”
UPS stores will be testing their service using the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, known for producing much higher quality prints than the current home 3D printers, so they can offer consumers the chance to make engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.
Are UPS stores primed to be the ‘Kinkos' of 3D printing? Would you consider using their service?