Last week, UPS announced that it would be bringing 3D printers to its retail stores. It’s the first retailer to do so, and it thinks that small businesses will get plenty of use out of it.
So, how exactly can 3D printing help out a small business? In the below video, Daniel Remba, small business technology leader at UPS, says that small businesses and startups can use 3D printers to create prototypes or promotional materials. Of course, there are more uses than that, and people are finding new uses for 3D printers everyday.
It should be noted that The UPS Store will only be offering its 3D printing services to small businesses and startups for now, but that could change. Many desire to use 3D printing for a variety of reasons and more businesses will start to offer the technology as it starts to become a viable business. In short, The UPS Store may be the first retailer to offer in-store 3D printing services, but it won’t be the last.
So, where can you get started on your own 3D printing journey? UPS says that it’s launching a pilot program at its San Diego store now and will launch a second program at its Washington D.C. store soon. There will also be four more test locations announced shortly.
Oh, and before you ask, The UPS Store won’t print any gun parts. You’ll have to pony up and buy your own 3D printer for that.[h/t: Stratasys blog]