Everyone is getting in on the action! In the recent past we’ve seen Staples and Amazon start selling 3D printers and Staples start a pilot program offering 3D printing services. Tesco has announced plans to offer 3D printing, and rumor has it that other retailers are hot to get their feet weak too.
This week we have a new entrant in the retail 3D printing service sector. On Wednesday, the UPS Store announced that it is the first nationwide retailer to test in-store 3D printing services. Note this is just a test, which will be launched in the San Diego, California area, with new locations across the United States “in the near future.”
Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store, 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.”
The San Diego test will utilize the Statasys uPrint SE Plus printers, which costs $20,900 when bundled with a starter kit.