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UPS Store launches 3D-printing pilot program

Entrepreneurs, engineers and just about anyone will be able to have their 3D computer-aided design files printed on-site.



San Diego, Calif.—The UPS Store has launched a test program offering 3D printing services on site.

Stratasys Ltd., a manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems, is installing Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D Printers in six test locations, beginning in San Diego.

Entrepreneurs, architects, start-ups and other retail customers will now be able to have their 3D computer-aided design files printed on-site.

“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.”

The test is a collaborative effort by Stratasys and The UPS Store to make 3D printing accessible to small businesses, as awareness of the technology and its capabilities grows.

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.

Stratasys 3D Printers quickly create on-demand, custom objects of virtually any complexity.

“3D printing technology is becoming increasingly accessible to a growing number of companies and consumers. Small businesses are beginning to realize how this revolutionary technology can help them to be more competitive,” said Stratasys Executive vice-president, Jon Cobb.

Stratasys’ uPrint SE Plus prints detailed objects more accurately than home 3D printers, perfect for producing engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.

“After doing a lot of research, we went with the Stratasys uPrint, because it has a small footprint and is easy to operate,” said The UPS Store small business technology leader, Daniel Remba.

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