UPS’ experiment with in-store 3D printers has been a success (not that I’m surprised) and as such the shipping service has expanded the availability of 3D printing services from six test markets to nearly 100 locations across the US.
The hardware is still concentrated in a relatively small batch of cities, such as New York and Chicago but there’s now a much better chance that a shop near you has the gear for printing everything from prototypes to one-of-a-kind phone cases. There’s no word of any additional rollouts at this stage yet but it’s reasonable to presume that more stores will get on-the-spot object making if it proves popular with crafters nationwide. Have you used let alone considered 3D printing? Would you take your design and have it printed at a store?