UPS is all about delivering packages and then refusing to leave them on your doorstep even when you politely request that they do so. Now the package delivery company is expanding its service into a surprising area – 3D printers.
UPS announced today that it will be bringing 3D printers to select UPS Stores this year. The new service will allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to use the 3D printer in store to create prototypes and other objects that are required for their business.
“Start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners may not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer on their own, but they may have a need to show prototypes to their current and potential customers,” said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store. “By offering 3D printing capabilities in-center, we’re able to help further our small business customers’ opportunities for success.”
UPS says that customers will soon be able to try out 3D printing for themselves with the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus. This particular 3D printer uses ABSplus material, has a build size of 8x8x6 inches and has a layer thickness of .010 inches or .013 inches. All in all, it’s a great machine that should serve the needs of anybody interested in professional applications.
So, where will you be able to start using 3D printers at the UPS Store? The company says that it’s rolling out the service in San Diego soon, and will follow with rollouts at more UPS Store locations nationwide.
Of course, you may not be a small business or an entrepreneur. Where can you go to get some hands-on time with 3D printing? You should try your local library or a maker space.