3D printing is now available at Staples. Staples has parntered with 3D Systems to launch in-store 3D printing in New York and Los Angeles.
Each Staples store features an immersive 3D printing experience 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 and Staples
“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
“Staples’ established reputation as a leader in home office and small
business solutions makes them an ideal partner for testing out live,
consumer-facing 3D print services,” said Rajeev Kulkarni, 3DS’ Vice
President and General Manager, Consumer Products Division. “We have
been thrilled with the retail experience and response from our
audience, and the difference it makes being able to see, touch and
experience 3D printing.”
With the new experience 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 will have a 3DMe(R) Photobooth from 3D Systems to
capture customers’ facial images for the purpose of personalizing 3D
products like figurines, and customers can also print personalized
smart phone cases.
Each store has an expert from 3D Systems on-site, along with trained
Copy & Print associates from Staples to help guide customers on their
3D printing journey. The items will be printed on site or through 3D
Systems and shipped directly to their offices or home.
Staples previously announced in May of 2013 that it would be the first
major U.S. retailer to carry 3D printers, with the launch of the
Cube(R) from 3D Systems on Staples.com. The company has since rolled
out 3D printing hardware and accessories in a limited number of stores,
and expanded its overall product selection.
Learn more about 3D Systems commitment to manufacturing the future
today at www.3dsystems.com.
About 3D Systems Corporation
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric
design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print
materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals
and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics
and edibles. The company also provides integrated 3D scan-based design,
freeform modeling and inspection tools. Its products and services
replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost
of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital
input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate,
prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture
Leadership Through Innovation and Technology
— 3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and
was the first to commercialize it in 1989.
— 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first
to commercialize it in 1992.
— 3DS invented the Color-Jet-Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was
the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.
— 3DS invented Multi-Jet-Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to
commercialize it in 1996.
Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s
benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive,
patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic
and fashion accessories.
More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com.
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more
ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples
offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and
breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and
Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples
Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS)
is available at www.staples.com.