Tech Tuesday: 3D Print at UPS


UPS Makes 3-D Printers Available in Nearly 100 Stores Nationwide

Need a part putting together that Ikea chair? Is your favorite shirt or coat missing some buttons? How about a personalized cover for your smartphone?  Never fear, you can now print anything you like at select UPS stores.

UPS (UPS) announced plans Monday to bring in-store 3-D-printing services to nearly 100 stores across the country, billing itself as the first national retailer to do so.

With the UPS system, customers can submit their own designs for objects like product prototypes, engineering parts and architectural models that are then printed on a professional-quality 3-D printer made by Stratasys. From CNN Money

UPS’ experiment with in-store 3D printers apparently went off without a hitch — the shipping service has expanded the availability of 3D printing services from six test markets to nearly 100 locations across the US. While the hardware is still concentrated in a relatively small batch of cities, such as New York and Chicago, there’s now a much better chance that a shop near you has the gear for printing everything from prototypes to one-of-a-kind phone cases. There’s no word of any additional rollouts at this stage. However, it’s reasonable to presume that more stores will get on-the-spot object making if it proves popular with crafters nationwide. From Engadget.

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