Framingham, Mass. -- Staples has partnered with 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, to test 3D printing services in two stores in New York and Los Angeles.
Each store features a 3D printing center that lets consumers 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.
“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 VP of business services for Staples. “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.”
With the new centers, both small businesses and consumers are able to learn more about 3D printing through demonstration areas where they can use design software and see 3D Systems printers in action. Each store has a photo booth to capture customers’ facial images for the purpose of personalizing 3D products like figurines, and customers can also print personalized smartphone cases.
In addition, the store has a 3D Systems expert on-site, along with trained store associates to help guide customers. Items will be printed on site or through 3D Systems and shipped directly to their offices or home.