You’ve heard the talk about 3D Printing. Instead of shipping your product overseas and getting it manufactured in limited manufacturing run in the USA, you can use a 3D printer to quickly print a sample of your product and see how it works.
3D printing enables designers, inventors, manufacturers, retailers and any other business that needs a physical product to get one.
UPS is a cautious retailer and initially rolled our 3D printing in only a few stores – now they’ve expanded the program more nationally. What does this mean? This means UPS sees demand – real demand for 3D printing.
The UPS press release reads:
During the 2013 pilot program, the 3D print services were used by small businesses, startups, inventors, artists and a wide range of professionals to transform their ideas into reality. From inventors who patented innovative product designs to entrepreneurs who prototyped an idea and successfully delivered a retail-ready product to market, there were many success stories. Watch this 3D print video to meet a few of them.
“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.”