While there are few 3D printing stores or labs that are open to the masses, Staples partnered up with 3D Systems in order to bring DIY print stations to its New York and Los Angeles locations.
Just as consumers are able to print paper documents through Staples Copy, these stations allow people to bring in their print-ready 3D files, learn to use the 3D software and then finally, see the 3D printers in action. People are able to print with everything from plastic substrates and powder to nylon and ceramic. Since this technology is new to many, trained Staples Copy employees from staff from 3D Systems are available to provide in-store assistance. Believing that this kind of technology could be of benefit to small businesses and individual customers, this lets people get a taste of the technology without having to invest of a 3D printer of their own.