In July last year, UPS started to offer a 3D printing service to the masses, and taking into consideration that such an effort was in its infancy back then, it made plenty of sense to see the 3D printing service being limited to just several stores and not see a widespread adoption rate. However, it looks like the experiment to deliver in-store 3D printers apparently went on just fine, and UPS has decided that it is time to start expanding the availability of the vaunted 3D printing services.
We all have seen the 2D copy & print sections of office supply stores like Staples, the UPS Store, and Office Depot. Such services offer the capability for customers to save money and time by not having to purchase an expensive printer or supervise their own printing projects. As 3D printing is more frequently used in various business settings, such services for 3D versions of copy & print services will see an increase in demand. In fact, several office supply stores are already testing such offerings out. Last year around this time, The UPS Store announced that they would be launching a pilot program in six locations around the United States, including New York, L.A. and Chicago. This made The UPS Store the first national retailer to offer 3D printing as a service, and spawned similar pilot programs from the likes of Staples, Office Depot, and others.