The sex industry has discovered 3D printing technology and logistics company UPS knows all about it. The Daily Dot did an interesting inquiry about which products are being 3D printed at UPS and which aren’t. As it turns out, the company has put a ban on 3D printing weapons and drones, but 3D printed sex toys are possible print items for the American giant. The company started implementing 3D printing services some months ago, and as for today already about a 100 3D printing stores are using the service.
The website spoke with a UPS representative and was being told the company does not print weapons or anything that is the intellectual property of someone else. Sex toys, however, are not a problem for the company, as the representative told The Daily Dot that there is not a company-wide rule against them. Nevertheless, each store is owned by an individual, and owners therefore have the possibility to come up with a policy against erotic items. In other words: the exact policy may differ per store.
Seen from an economic point-of-view, this is quite an interesting move by UPS. 3D printing is a technique which enables its users to create personalized items, and as you can imagine the sex industry is all about personalization, meaning everyone’s sexuality is different and sex objects like for instance dildo’s can be personalized by 3D printing and scanning technology. Internet companies rapidly found out about this, and there currently is a run on online alternatives, such as MakerToys, to create personalized sex toys.
UPS seems to be wanting to join the financial bandwagon of 3D printed sexual toys. Online 3D printing services often still have relatively high costs, because it takes quite a while to get something printed. 3D printing companies profit from their high price ranges, and UPS does not want to stay behind. Whether it’s a about sex toys or figurines, 3D printing alternatives are encouraging classic companies to think beyond.
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