In a collaboration with Mcor Technologies, the Printing Systems Division of Staples is launching a new 3D printing service called “Staples Easy 3D”. This service offers low-cost and (high quality) colored 3D printed products to consumers, product designers, architects and so on. The service is offered online via the Staples Office Centre. Here you can simply upload your CAD files and pick up the printed models in a nearby Staples store or have them shipped to your home.
“Given our market leadership in commercial print, why would we ever stop at two dimensions?” said President Wouter Van Dijk, president of the Staples Printing Systems Division in Europe. “Customised parts, prototypes, art objects, architectural models, medical models and 3D maps are items customers need today, in a more affordable and more accessible manner. Mcor will help us to keep prices low, quality high and colour brilliant as we meet the demand.”
As announced, all products will be printed with the Mcor IRIS printer. This is a 3D printer with currently the highest color capability in the industry combined with the lowest operating costs of any commercial-class 3D printer. Seeing that they will use only this printer for their service, their choice in materials will be very limited. If they want to compete with current 3D print services like Shapeways and Sculpteo, they will have to make their pricing very attractive or expand their printer farm with printers that can print other materials (like metal) as well. So we are very curious about how this collaboration is going to work out.
The online platform for Staples Easy 3D will initially be made available in the Netherlands and Belgium in Q1 2013 and will be rolled out quickly to other countries, according to Oscar Pakasi, director business development of Staples Printing Systems, who is responsible for developing the concept and the design of the Staples Easy 3D print service platform.
Source News Blaze, Hat tip to Alewijn