Staples, Inc. has declared a partnership with that of 3D Systems, a source for 3D content-to-print solutions, to be able to coxswain 3D printing services in two stores in New York City and Los Angeles.
Each store from its quarter features an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware, the announcement adds. 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,” held Damien Leigh, senior vice president of business services for Staples, Inc. Supplementing that – “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.”
“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,” alleged Rajeev Kulkarni, 3D Systems’ vice president and general manager, for consumer products division. Furthering that – “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.”
Braced 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 has an expert from 3D Systems on-site, along with trained Copy & Print associates 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, the company highlights.
Staples from its part had 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 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.