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Friday, August 2, 2013

UPS tests whether there's a business doing our 3-D printing for us

UPS stores are testing a program under which they'll have high-end 3-D printers that customers can use, Slate reports. Customers can "upload their designs online, have them printed on the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, and then offer pick-up or have the results delivered to the client. UPS says it will be able to produce 'items like engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.'

Just like we still need Kinkos for big 2-D print jobs, UPS is clearly establishing a place on the Main Street market for making large scale 3D printing available to start-ups, backyard inventors, and small businesses.

Here's the piece in Slate.