The UPS Store Expands 3-D Printing to Nearly 100 Additional Locations Nationwide
SAN DIEGO—September 23, 2014—Following the successful launch of 3-D print in six markets across the country, The UPS Store is expanding 3-D printing services to meet the growing demands of its small business customers to nearly 100 additional locations nationwide.
As the first nationwide retailer to offer 3-D printing services in-store, in collaboration with Stratasys, The UPS Store continues to evolve its services to better meet the needs of small business owners. Over the past year, the six locations saw demand for 3-D print continuing to increase across a broad spectrum of customers. This upward trend is in line with the 3-D print industry, which also experienced rapid growth. In fact, the 3-D print service provider sector increased by 21 percent last year, according to The Wohlers Report 2014.
During the 2013 pilot program, the 3-D 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 3-D 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 3-D print and we’re excited to be announcing an expansion, giving even more small business owners access to high-quality, professional 3-D printing. We look forward to being a part of the future of the 3-D printing industry.”
The UPS Store is kicking off this expansion by designating Sept. 22-26 as its first annual 3D Print Week—#3DPrintWeek. Now small business owners and consumers across the country will have access to top-notch 3-D printing at a much higher quality than an at-home 3-D printer could provide—conveniently located at participating The UPS Store centers across the country.
The Stratasys uPrint SE Plus, selected by The UPS Store, is a professional grade 3-D printer designed to accurately and reliably produce complex engineering parts, prototypes, and one of a kind objects. The heated build chamber and soluble supports allow entrepreneurs, engineers, home inventors and makers to produce parts true to their designs.
“There are significant differences between home 3D printers and professional 3D printers,” said Daniel Remba, small business technology leader at The UPS Store. “Many of the challenging and time consuming steps used to prepare a simpler printer are fully automated on the uPrint SE Plus, leading to added precision and reliability, higher print quality and a success rate that is unmatched by a home printer.”
The UPS Store and Stratasys will join forces to host a Twitter chat titled “How 3D print can help your small business” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST/ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. PST. The chat can be followed using the hashtag, #3DPrintWeek. Small business owners can get their 3D print questions answered by experts including Daniel Remba, small business technology leader for @TheUPSStore; Mark Skokut, senior application engineer @Stratasys and Brian Moran, small business expert @BrianMoran.
A full list of The UPS Store locations offering 3D printing can be found at www.theupsstore.com/3dprinting.
About The UPS Store
With more than 4,400 locations, The UPS Store network comprises the nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the United States are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, a subsidiary of UPS (NYSE: UPS). Services, pricing and hours of operation may vary by location.