UPS says its 3D printing pilot program has gone swimmingly, and because of that it'll soon introduce 3D printing in 100 additional UPS stores nationwide.
"We are committed to offering small business owners, entrepreneurs and consumers high-tech solutions in order to assist with all of their business needs," said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and sales at The UPS Store. "We launched the pilot to evaluate if there was demand for 3D print and we're excited to be announcing an expansion, giving even more small business owners access to high-quality, professional 3D printing. We look forward to being a part of the future of the 3D printing industry."
UPS first offered 3D printing in six markets, using the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus – which the company says delivers "added precision and reliability, higher print quality and a success rate that is unmatched by a home printer." UPS says that "simple objects" will take around 4 to 5 hours to print, while a more involved job may take 24 hours.
So, if you own a small business and you need something 3D printed (a prototype, manufacturing fixtures, 3D models, etc) – UPS wants your business. Of course, even when this expansion is complete, only about three percent of all the UPS stores in the country will be able to 3D print something for you.
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