Small businesses or hobbyists who need prototypes of their can’t-miss projects might find 3-D printing as close as the nearest Staples office-supply store.
Staples has unveiled 3-D printing centers at two stores in New York and Los Angeles. If the center prove popular, the company might make 3-D printing as accessible as photocopying.
Each store features a 3D printing center that lets individuals and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware. Customers can also bring in their own 3D print-ready files to have them printed. Staples and printer maker 3D Systems are partnering on the centers.
“3D printing offers enormous potential for small businesses, and by using Staples, they can print with the technology without having to invest in it,” said Damien Leigh, senior vice president of business services for Staples Inc. “The test with 3D Systems will help us learn about our customers’ needs for a local 3D printing service, and how Staples can help them make more happen for their business through 3D printing.”
The office-supply chain started selling 3-D printers at some stores last year.