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announced plans Monday to bring in-store 3-D-printing services tonearly 100 stores across the country, billing itself as the first national retailer to do so.

With the UPS system, customers can submit their own designs for objects like product prototypes, engineering parts and architectural models that are then printed on a professional-quality 3-D printer made by Stratasys.

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Prices vary depending on the complexity of the object; an iPhone case would be about $60, while a replica femur bone would be around $325. UPS can also connect customers with outside professionals who charge an hourly rate to help produce a design file for the printer.

It generally takes about four or five hours to print a simple object, with more complex items taking a day or more.

The program started as a pilot at six locations last year, and UPS says those stores saw demand for 3-D print continuing to increase across a broad spectrum of customers.

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Last year, UPS announced plans to bring 3D printing to several UPS locations, but now, the company will expand the program to nearly 100 stores across the United States.The service, which began as a trial in stores in the San Diego area, was marketed toward startups,

Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry, electronics, toys and games, home decor and kitchen supplies,

Amazon has always been an on-demand marketplace of sorts; it can ship virtually anything in two days. But now, the online retail giant is taking on demand to a new level with its first 3D printing product marketplace.As its name suggests,

mpicpp writes with news that UPS will be expanding their 3D printing services. UPS announced plans Monday to bring in-store 3-D-printing services to nearly 100 stores across the country, billing itself as the first national retailer to do so. With the UPS system,

Last year, UPS announced plans to bring 3D printing to several UPS locations, but now, the company will expand the program to nearly 100 stores across the United States.The service, which began as a trial in stores in the San Diego area, was marketed toward startups,

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From birdbeakstoflippersto lifesaving cancertreatments, innovative technological integrations have transformed 3-D printing from a tech fad to a manufacturing game changer.A 3-D printing factory near UPS Worldport offers more choices on materials, speed and cost.

Now, UPS,Fast RadiusandThe UPS Store®are combining 3-D printing (also called additive manufacturing) with another 21st century marvel: the cloud.

The first nationwide retailer to offer in-store 3-D printing, more than 60 locations of The UPS Store in the United States are being networked with Fast Radius large-scale 3-D printing factory near the UPS Worldport®air hub in Louisville, Ky. The benefit is more choices on materials, speed and cost, all available through one digital platform. As a result, orders can be shipped as early as same day and arrive the next morning.

In addition, UPS is teaming up withSAP, a multinational software developer, to create an on-demand manufacturing and logistics network tailored to larger companies such as Jabil Circuits, the third-largest manufacturer in the world and a co-innovation partner in the effort. SAP users will be able to digitize and simplify parts production, and their orders will flow seamlessly to UPS for production and delivery.

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors nationwide are already taking advantage of The UPS Stores 3-D printing capabilities to bring their ideas to fruition, says Daniel Remba, small business technology leader for The UPS Store. Theyve been using our printers for prototyping, product development and making individual spare parts or components.

Remba shares this example: The inventors ofMyGo Mouth Mount for GoPro, a camera mount that you hold in your mouth while surfing, used a 3-D printer at a The UPS Store location in San Diego. They tested several prototypes, refined their design, found a manufacturer and built a successful business from there.

Because of the link with Fast Radius, projects can be handled at their facility or at our stores, depending on the complexity of the job, the equipment and the timing, Remba says. A lot of times 3-D printing is about finding the right technology and materials needed for the task at hand. If you need 5,000 parts that are about an inch or so in size, Fast Radius would be a perfect place to get that done.

Rick Smith, CEO of Fast Radius, sees several advantages for small business owners. They now have access to advanced prototyping and manufacturing capabilities without having to make the traditionally restrictive upfront cash investment.

Faster throughput is another advantage. As an example, Smith citesGeorgia-Pacific, where an engineer needed 40 brackets for a gear mechanism in a hurry. He uploaded the plastic part files on a Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and signed for his parts at 9:30 a.m. the next morning.

Another Fast Radius customer isAmerican Holt, which delivers spare parts to manufacturing plants around the world to keep machines up and running. These parts are rarely needed, and therefore cost a lot to hold in inventory, Smith says.  Many parts are now simply printed on demand, in the exact quantities needed. This eliminates costly physical inventory while increasing flexibility, Smith adds.

For more information about UPSs 3-D printing capabilities, visitups.com/3dprinting. To learn more about Fast Radius or get a quote, visitfastradius.com. UPS customers who need help are also welcome to call or visit a The UPS Storelocation that offers 3-D printing.

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Today, The UPS Store announced its plan to bring3D printing servicesto the masses. The shipping company will soon roll outStratasysUprint SE Plus printers to 6 locations in San Diego to test out the new service; itll be aimed at small businesses, start-ups and retail customers in need of a professional grade model to produce things like prototypes and artistic renderings. At $20,900 a pop, Stratasys printers arent exactly the kind of gadget youd purchase for home use, so their availability at UPS stores is a pretty major step towards making high quality 3D printing an accessible option for the common man. Though the company is starting small, it hopes to expand the service nationwide, provided that the San Diego experiment proves successful. For more info, check out the video after the break.

The UPS Store Makes 3D Printing Accessible to Start-Ups and Small Business Owners

The UPS Store® today announced it is the first nationwide retailer to test 3D printing services in-store. Select UPS Store locations will be offering the services to start-ups, small businesses and retail customers, beginning in the San Diego area with locations in additional cities across the United States in the near future.

A recent poll of small business owners conducted by The UPS Store showed high interest in trying the services, particularly for those needing to create prototypes, artistic renderings or promotional materials.

Start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners may not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer on their own, but they may have a need to show prototypes to their current and potential customers, said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store. By offering 3D printing capabilities in-center, were able to help further our small business customers opportunities for success.

The UPS Store is testing the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, which according to Stratasys is most well-known for its ability to print detailed objects more accurately than home 3D printers. Stratasys notes that this is particularly important when parts need to fit into each other or fit some other object. With this printer, The UPS Store locations will be equipped to produce items like engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.

In addition, The UPS Store locations offer a range of services tailored to meet the needs of small businesses in all stages of the business lifecycle. Not only can small business owners receive well-recognized services like packing and shipping, printing, faxing, direct mail and mailbox services, but The UPS Store locations also will work with business owners to develop custom solutions to meet their unique business needs.

For more information on how The UPS Store supports small businesses, visit the Small Business Solutions portal at .

The results of the poll are based on a national online poll with small business owners. The poll was conducted with 86 small business owners between June 3 and June 17, 2013. The sample was drawn from Small Biz Buzz, The UPS Store private online community of small business owners.

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Shipping giant United Parcel Service thinks 3D printing has come of age and aims to capitalize on that. On Wednesday the company said it is launching a distributed network that will enable customers to order and receive 3D printed parts quicklywithin a day in some cases.

UPSlast year by putting 3D printing stations from Fast Radius into its UPS Store locations. Now its teaming up with SAPto integrate SAPs supply chain capabilities to create what a UPS exec called an end-to-end system that spans the initial order to final delivery of a product. And its putting a major 3D printing facility at its Louisville, Ky., shipping hub.

The supply chain smarts are needed: What good does it do to order a part in a hurry if the materials to print it are out of stock?

For those who dont follow this field, 3D printing, sometimes called additive manufacturing, is a process that deposits layer upon layer of material in a pattern. Its like an inkjet printer but one that uses plastic or a composite instead of ink. The printer deposits material in a pattern following a blueprint until a three-dimensional structure emerges.

Broadly speaking, this process can print out anything from tiny circuit boards to automotive components. MIT researchers have even demonstrated the ability to3D print a house in a day.

The UPS network news comes out of SAPs bigSapphire Nowconference and the integrated service should be available by the first quarter of 2017. At that point it should be possible, in some cases, for UPS to take an order in the early evening and have the part made and delivered the next day, said Alan Amling, vice president of UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

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This is an attractive proposition for companies wanting to reduce the amount of physical inventory they have to carry. Right now many companies have a lot of just-in-case inventory, parts that can sit on the shelf for years, he said. What the UPS network promises is more just-in-time delivery.

The network is about more than the printing. In theory, the system will see from an incoming order if the desired part is 3D-ready and if so whether it makes more sense to print it on demand or, if the part is available somewhere, to pull it from stock. It would also calculate costs and tax implications of either option, Amling said.

When the integration is done, once an ordered part is deemed 3D printable the process can be handled manually through an approval process or automatically through a rules-based process that routes the order, said Gil Perez, SAP senior vice president of digital assets and Internet of things

UPS customers are using 3D printing to create real parts and components, not just novelty items and prototypes, he said. Current UPS 3D printing customers include GoPro, the camera maker;HumanScale, which manufactures ergonomic furniture; and Stober Drive, which makes gear boxes.

We really see the 3D print revolution going to industrial use, Amling added. We see this as the Shutterfly of manufacturing. Shutterflyis an online service that lets consumers easily upload photos and create custom photo albums on demand.

Research firm IDC would likely agree.It estimatesthe market for 3D printing will hit $26.7 billion in 2019, up from $11 billion last year, a 27% compound annual growth rate.

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UPS Stores announced Wednesday that it will start offering 3D printing services in a select number of its retail stores, making it the first national U.S. retailer to do so. The first store is in San Diego. The company plans to offer the service in a Washington D.C. store next week. There are plans to offer the service at four more stores, but those havent been determined yet, says Brandon Olson, public relations supervisor for UPS Stores.

The move by UPS is part of a test to see how the service is received by customers and what the right price points are. UPSs decision follows a survey it conducted of small business owners to gauge their interest in the service. Olson said the survey found a strong response and desire to use the service.

In a statement, Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store, said: Start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners may not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer on their own, but they may have a need to show prototypes to their current and potential customers. By offering 3D printing capabilities in-center, were able to help further our small business customers opportunities for success.

Heres a video UPS put up about the announcement:

UPS is using theprinter for the test. According to Stratasys, the uPrint SE Plus 3D printer prints in nine colors and uses fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology to build in real ABS plus thermoplastic, creating models and functional prototypes that are durable, stable and pinpoint accurate. The printer sells for $20,900.

Olson said UPS will also offer design services to help customers translate ideas into printable design files.

What do you think of the news? Have we entered the era of the corner 3D printing shop? How long until Kinkos gets into the act?  If service grows, would it impact your decision to buy a 3D printer?

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UPS launches 3D printing in San Diego expanding to more US cities soon

UPS is where you go to ship packages, but if the company has its way, it could eventually become your primary destination for making 3D prints. Only they wont be getting delivered in those signature brown trucks; youll need to visit a participating UPS Store for the newly announced 3D printing services. Six stores in San Diego will soon be equipped with a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, and UPS says additional cities will join the fray in the near future.

According to UPS, the company moved forward with 3D printing after a poll of small business owners revealed significant interest in such services. Specifically, those needing to create prototypes, artistic renderings or promotional materials were fans of the idea, and UPS says the Stratasys hardware offers a level of detail and sophistication that exceeds home 3D printers like those being sold by Staples and meets those demands. The new printing option is primarily being marketed to small businesses and startups, but retail customers can also take part.Staples voyaged into 3D printinginternationally earlier this year but hasnt yet introduced similar capabilities for its US stores.

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United Parcel Serviceplans to expand its 3D printing service to Asia and Europe, the U.S. shipping company has told Reuters, in a bid to fully embrace and get ahead of a trend that threatens to eat away a small but lucrative part of its business.

Aside from its main package delivery service, UPS gets an undisclosed portion of its revenue from storing and shipping parts for manufacturers. If those customers were to switch to 3D printing their own parts, that business would face a drastic reduction.

To counter that threat, UPShas chosen to get on board the 3D revolution, and is now looking to offer a service in which UPS will print out plastic partsanything from nozzles to brackets to prototype soap dispensers or multifaceted moving partsaround the world and deliver them.

3D printing is a great opportunity for us, but its also a threat, Alan Amling, UPS vice president for corporate strategy, told Reuters.

The dynamicwelcoming rather than fighting a threatening new technologyis not unlike automakers such as Toyota and Volkswagen teaming up with ride-hailing services Uber and Gett, respectively.

Amling said UPS is looking at either Singapore or Japan for an Asian 3D printing factory. He did not say where the company might open a European facility, though UPSs operational hub in Europe is in Cologne, Germany.

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UPS has already got into the business in its home market. In May, it launched a U.S.-based 3D printing service with Fast Radius, a 3D printing company based outside Atlanta, where UPS is headquartered. UPS bought an unspecified stake in Fast Radius, which has a 3D printing factory at UPSs Louisville, Ky., hub.

There are also now 3D printers at 60 UPS stores in the United States that print parts using industrial-grade thermoplastics. Customers can upload images for printing at the Fast Radius factory or at one of those UPS stores and have the printed products shipped to any location.

A 3D printer works by laying down successive levels of material, mostly plastics at this point, to create an object. Quality printers that make metal parts cost over $500,000, while printers that use thermoplastics can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Prices are expected to come down as the technology advances.

While 3D printing is still slow compared with high-speed production lines, the technology has progressed so it can be used effectively for prototypes or some components that are not needed in high volumes. Larger firms such asGeneral Electricare incorporating 3D-printed parts into production.

That progress is a mixed blessing for UPS. As the cost of 3D printers drops and processes improve, that could undermine UPSs efforts to develop 3D printing as a servicebecause customers could buy just buy their own printers.

Why wait a day for a part to arrive (from UPS) when youll be able to innovate six times a day on your own? said Richard DAveni, a professor of strategy at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

What Fast Radius calls its digital manufacturing factory is a quiet operation occupying space in a corner of the UPS building in Louisville, without any of the grime, noise, or bustle associated with a standard factory.

Instead, a handful of machines work noiselessly, printing parts of varying sizes and shapes. During a recent visit to the operation by Reuters, Fast Radius CEO Rick Smith said that because of 3D printing, manufacturing is about to transform from being about where its made to where its needed.

One of the printers was close to completing a black plastic prototype hydraulic pump for a manufacturing customer in Germanya process that takes about 72 hours. Smith said the job illustrates the need for UPS to expand its service beyond the United States.

Another customer, action camera maker GoPro, is making use of Fast Radius printers, coupled with UPSs ability to deliver a prototype the next day.

Previously, if GoPro wanted to try out new designs, it would take weeks or even months to make a mock-up, senior GoPro product designer Ryan Harrison said. Now the company can innovate much quicker.

3D printing allows you to fail quicker or to stumble on moments of genius, Harrison said.

UPS does not break out how much it makes from its supply chain services, including warehouse storage. But in 2015 it reported about $6 billion in forwarding and logistics revenue, or about 10% of its total sales. An unknown portion of that came from its warehousing operations.

UPSs biggest rival,FedEx, is less focused on supply-chain services and has not dipped into 3D printing. But if UPS succeeds, analysts said, FedEx could follow suit. The company declined to comment on 3D printing.

German competitor DHL, a unit of Deutsche Post, issued a report earlier this year warning the technology could upend traditional mass-production manufacturing, in which goods are shipped around the world.

UPSs foray into 3D printing is not its first experiment in other disruptive industries. In October 2015, it invested in drone maker CyPhy Works, and this February bought a stake in same-day delivery company Delivin both instances to understand and harness potentially industry-shaking technologies.

Morningstar analyst Keith Schoonmaker said while 3D printing has not yet proved itself on a mass scale, it makes sense for UPS to incorporate a technology that could supplement or replace its services.

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byBrian KrassensteinSep 22, 20143D PrintingBusiness

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 announcedthat 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.

This pilot program has been so successful that today, in an effort to meet the growing demands of its small business customers, the company is announcing a major rollout of 3D printing services throughout 100 stores in the United States. To kick off this rollout, The UPS Store is designating this week as 3D Print Week. Along with Stratasys, whose uPrint SE Plus is part of this rollout, The UPS Store will be hosting 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.

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 3D print and were excited to be announcing an expansion, giving even more small business owners access to high-quality, professional 3D printing. We look forward to being a part of the future of the 3D printing industry.

TheStratasys uPrint SE Plus, which you will find at many UPS Store locations, uses fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology to fabricate objects via their ABSplus thermoplastic. With a build size of 203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in), and a layer thickness of just .254 mm (.010 in.), the printer is perfect for jobs requiring high resolution, both small and large.

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.

According to The UPS Store, this last year has seen an increase in the number of customers requesting their 3D printing services, which included a wide array of different types of businesses. It will be interesting to watch and see how other office supply stores react to todays news.

Will you be utilizing these services now that they are more widely available? Discuss in theUPS Store forumthread on .  Check out the video below where the company announces the expansion of their offerings. For a complete listing of The UPS Stores offering these new 3D printing services, check out the followinglink.

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Printing 3D Sex Toys At The UPS Store Is Now A Reality

At The UPS Store, you might be able to pick up a different kind of package.

The company beganoffering 3D printing servicesover the past couple of months, and UPS Store rules dont explicitly prohibit customers from using those printers to create sex toys,intrepid reporters at the Daily Dot learned this week.

A UPS Store representative told the site they wont allow patrons to print out items like weapons or anything thats the intellectual property of someone else. When the Daily Dot asked about sex toys, the rep said theres no company-wide rule against them, but since each store is individually owned, the owners of a particular store could make their own anti-erotic policy.

The site also points out there are already websites available that offer free downloadable sex toy patterns for 3D printers.

Printable sex toys are nothing new, but being able to just pop by a UPS Store (assuming you live nearone of the 100 locations currently offering 3D printing) certainly adds a level of convenience.

Pricing for the printing service depends on the size and complexity of whatever youre printing out. CNN reports thatan iPhone case would cost around $60, while a replica femur bone would set you back about $325.

And hey, if 3D printing isnt your thing, but you still want something customizable, you can always get aplaster cast of your (or someone elses!) penis.

CORRECTION:A former version of this article incorrectly conflated UPS with The UPS Store. UPS is a parent company of The UPS Store, which is awholly owned subsidiary of UPS.

Printing 3D Sex Toys At The UPS Store Is Now A Reality

Printing 3D Sex Toys At The UPS Store Is Now A Reality

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