Next time you head to the UPS Store to make some copies for your small business, why not get a few 3D-printed models while you are at it? That’s the idea behind UPS’ new 3D printing initiative, which allows start-ups and small business owners to produce copies without investing in an expensive 3d printer. The San Diego UPS store will be the first to offer 3D printing services with a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer (which starts at $20,900), and the service will be rolled out to other locations later on.
UPS polled its customers to find out how they could better meet the needs of their customers. They found that many small business owners would like to utilize 3D printing technology but can’t afford or don’t want to invest in a 3D printer. In particular, they found that customers could use the technology to create prototypes, renderings and promotional materials.
According to UPS, “With this printer, The UPS Store locations will be equipped to produce items like engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.” With this move, the UPS Store will become the first national retail store to offer 3D printing. The cost varies depending on the detail and amount of material required and if the user needs design assistance or not.