The UPS Store recently announced plans to offer 3D printing services in-store to start-ups, small businesses and retail customers. The new service offering is based on the results of a recent poll of small business owners conducted by The UPS Store.
"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 UPS Store is testing the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer at select locations. The printer is designed 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 and fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.
In addition, The UPS Store locations offer a range of services tailored to meet the needs of small businesses, such as packing and shipping, printing, faxing, direct mail and mailbox services. The UPS Store locations will also work with business owners to develop custom solutions to meet their unique business needs.