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Chain to make 3D printing accessible to businesses

San Diego, CA - The UPS Store will begin to test 3D printing services in its stores. Select UPS Store locations will be offering the services, beginning in the San Diego area with locations in additional cities across the United States in the...


San Diego, CA – The UPS Store will begin to test 3D printing services in its stores. Select UPS Store locations will be offering the services, beginning in the San Diego area with locations in additional cities across the United States in the near future.

A recent poll of small business owners conducted by The UPS Store showed high interest in trying the services, particularly for those needing to create prototypes, artistic renderings or promotional materials.

“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-centre, we’re able to help further our small business customers’ opportunities for success.”

The UPS Store is testing the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, which according to Stratasys is most well-known for its ability to print detailed objects more accurately than home 3D printers. Stratasys notes that this is particularly important when parts need to fit into each other or fit some other object. 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.

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