The UPS Store at WaterColor Adds 3D Printing to Service Offerings
September 26, 2014 by SoWal Staff
Following the successful launch of 3D print in six markets across the country, The UPS Store is expanding 3D printing services to meet the growing demands of Santa Rosa Beach, Destin and Fort Walton small business owners. The UPS Store at WaterColor Crossings is among nearly 100 additional locations nationwide adding the service to its small business solutions.
As the first nationwide retailer to offer 3D printing services in-store, The UPS Store continues to evolve its services to better meet the needs of small business owners. Over the past year, the initial six locations saw demand for 3D print continuing to increase across a broad spectrum of customers. This upward trend is in line with the 3D print industry, which also experienced rapid growth. In fact, the 3D print service provider sector increased by 21 percent last year, according to The Wohlers Report 2014.
During the pilot program, the 3D print services were used by small businesses, startups, inventors, artists and a wide range of professionals to transform their ideas into reality. From inventors who patented product designs to entrepreneurs who prototyped an idea and successfully delivered a retail-ready product to market, there were many success stories.
“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 Randy & Lynn Pike, Owners at The UPS Store at WaterColor Crossings. “We’re excited to be announcing this service addition, giving Santa Rosa Beach, Destin and Fort Walton small business owners access to high-quality, professional 3D printing. We look forward to seeing the products our customers create and playing a role of the future of the 3D printing industry.”
The UPS Store in WaterColor is kicking off this expansion by designating Sept. 22-26 as its first annual 3D Print Week — #3DPrintWeek. Now local small business owners and consumers will have access to top-notch 3D printing at a much higher quality than an at-home 3D printer can provide.
The Stratasys uPrint SE Plus that will be installed at The UPS Store at WaterColor Crossings is a professional grade 3D printer designed to accurately and reliably produce complex engineering parts, prototypes, and one of a kind objects. The heated build chamber and soluble supports allow entrepreneurs, engineers, home inventors and makers to produce parts true to their designs.
“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, reliability and a success rate that is unmatched by a home printer.”
For more information on 3D printing services at The UPS Store, visit http://theupsstore.com/3dprinting. Learn more about how The UPS Store supports small businesses at the Small Business Solutions portal at smallbiz.theupsstore.com.
With more than 4,400 locations, The UPS Store network comprises the nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc., a subsidiary of UPS (NYSE: UPS). Services, pricing and hours of operation may vary by location. For additional information on The UPS Store, including information on franchise opportunities for opening a The UPS Store location, visit www.theupsstore.com.
The UPS Store at WaterColor Crossings is located at 174 WaterColor Way, Ste. 103 in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information about The UPS Store at WaterColor Crossings, please visit www.theupsstorelocal.com/4969, call 850-231-3505, or email Store4969@theupsstore.com.