Archives for the category: 3D printing retail stores, labs, co-working spaces, pop-up stores
November 14, 2013
For decades, the only way to see artifacts like these has been to visit the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC. And even if you have the time and money to make the trip, you only get to view the item’s front, from behind a glass case. ReadWriteWeb reports.
Today, 3D design software company Autodesk revealed an advance in technology that will let us get up close to our culture’s our rarest relics. With the Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, anyone with an Internet connection can examine, manipulate, and even print exact 3D models of a few of the Smithsonian’s most precious items.
August 1, 2013
The UPS Store has 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.
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, we're able to help further our small business customers' opportunities for success.
The UPS Store is testing the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer.
July 25, 2013
Selfridges, one of London's biggest and most famous department stores, is to sell 3D printers this Christmas as part of a pop-up shop where shoppers can use afull body scanner to print a miniature figurine of themselves.
iMakr will be running the pop-up shop on the ground floor of Selfridges on Oxford Street.
July 12, 2013
The products are available from three leading 3D printing companies, according to eBay: Brooklyn-based MakerBot, France-based Sculpteo, and Toronto, Canada-based Hot Pop Factory. Currently, customers can choose from only about 20 items, ranging from technology accessories to jewelry, but that number is likely to grow fairly quickly.
June 25, 2013
The high street retail giant is working on developing new technology for a variety of products in its stores. Ideas include digitally making clothing, furniture, personal gifts and even food in their shops.
Read full article.
May 17, 2013
3D printing company MakersFactory, based in Santa Cruz, offers ongoing classes, clubs and summer camp for kids of all ages.
May 3, 2013
Staples Inc., the office supply giant, said Friday that it is the first major US retailer to announce the availability of 3D printers.
The Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems is now available on Staples.com for $1299.99 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June, the Framingham-based company said in a press release.
April 30, 2013
Global office supplies player Staples has gone live with a new 3D printing Experience Centre in the Netherlands, which is powered by technology made by Irish firm Mcor. Silicon Republic reports.
Mcor’s low-cost, full-colour paper 3D printing technology called IRIS transforms sheets of standard A4 and letter business paper into solid, photorealistic physical models and enables Staples to provide easy and affordable access to 3D printing for everyone.
Related: - Mcor Technologies Amazing 3D Paper Printers
To learn more about Mcor Technologies0 Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL) paper-based 3D printing, click here to download a complimentary copy of the 10-page whitepaper titled, "How Paper-based 3D Printing Works."
April 26, 2013
A new company in Chicago is welcoming consumers to try out the revolutionary concept firsthand. The 3D Printing Experience, a new space that opened in Chicago Monday, is educating the public on how the technology works by offering a chance to watch or experience the printing process. TIME reports.
Customers can have their head scanned and replicated in a 3D portrait, create jewelry or smaller objects like iPhone cases, and can request custom printed items. The setup includes around 20 printers, including an industrial grade printer that co-founder Julie Freidman Steele tells TIME is the first of its kind available for public access. Most industrial 3D printers are typically not available for retail use. The industrial grade printer runs about a quarter of a million dollars, while other printers in use include smaller mini printers that are available for purchase for about $1,000 as well as the MakerBot machines, which run around $1,800 to $2,400.
Read full article.
March 26, 2013
iMakr is pleased to announce the opening of the world's largest 3D Printing store in central London in April 2013.
With a floor area of 2500 sq-ft spread over two levels, the iMakr store will stock a large range of personal 3D Printers from major American, European and Asian manufacturers.
Full iMakr.com press release.
February 26, 2013
Last November, office supply giant Staples entered into the 3D printing market by teaming up with Mcor to launch an in-store 3D printing service.
Following on the heels of that announcement, Japanese office supply company CREW’s Co. Ltd is doing Staples one better and producing their own 3D printer.
February 11, 2013
This Valentine’s season, Hot Pop Factory is teaming up with Untitled & Co and Draft Print 3D to host the 3D Printing Kissing Booth - a fun and interactive pop-up event where groups of friends, couples and individuals can come together, strike a fun pose and have themselves immortalized in three dimensions.
All attendees can have themselves scanned in three dimensions with the opportunity to purchase a 3D printed miniature of themselves afterwards.
The event will be held in Toronto.
January 31, 2013
A blog post by Shaan Hurley, Autodesk Technologist for the Office of the CTO on where 3D printing is headed.
... I don’t think in the near future every home will have a 3D printer, but I believe they will all have access to one. We are starting to see companies like Staples [offering 3D printing services in in Belguim and the Netherlands] but I want to see a day where the manufacturers of consumer goods provide free or a for a small fee replacement parts or custom modifications that you can purchase online and then pickup at your local FedEx Kinkos which are located about everywhere. That would save time, energy, warehousing, transportation costs and be better for the environment.
Read full article.
January 17, 2013
China's first 3D print museum opened on Jan 15th in Beijing's Industrial Design and Creative Industry Base.
Earlier this month, China’s first 3D printing studio with a photo booth opened to the public in Xi’an.
The Chinese government is committed to develop 3D printing and plans to invest in locally-invented 3D printing technologies to boost its manufacturing power.
December 13, 2012
The shop is officially opened in October 2012. Different kinds of 3D printers are presented, and your design can be printed on site on different machines with material of your choices.
Read full article.
December 10, 2012
If Santa replaced his elves with refrigerator-sized machines that digitally assemble toys out of nylon dust and lasers, his workshop might look something like this. Forbes reports on Shapeways, the Amazon of 3D printing.
In October, 3D-printing startup Shapeways opened its New York production facility in Long Island City, Queens, the biggest consumer-focused 3D printing factory in the world. ... In 2012 it printed more than a million items, well over its total for all prior years combined since the company launched in 2008. And by the holiday season of 2013 it hopes to have more than 50 printers filling its 25,000 feet of floor space.
Not only did Mayor Mike Bloomberg cut the ribbon today (Oct18, 2012) at the new Shapeways 3D printing factory in New York, he did it using 3D-printed scissors. And they came out of the printer fully assembled.
December 9, 2012
Pop-Up store 3DEA in New York which opened for the holidays, allowing customers to print all kinds of things (jewellery, Xmas tree ornaments, toys...), has also been offering customised 3D sex toys. But by appointment only. 3ders.org reports.
You and your loved one will be greeted with champagne and chocolate. After a quick tutorial on how to perfect your scan, you can then enter the ShapeShot 3D scanning booth. The ShapeShot cams will capture you in your full glory and these 3D images will be used to print out a prototype on a 3D printer.
As reported by VRZone, "it's still early days with things like 3D printed sex toys, mostly due to the materials currently used in the printing process and the difficulty in getting a smooth finished product." So this would explain why New York Toy Collective would replicate the scanned part of someone's anatomy to make a silicon version of it.
December 5, 2012
MAKE has partnered with 3DEA, a pop up 3D printing emporium in New York City’s fashion district. The store will sell printers and 3D printed objects as well as offer a lineup of classes, workshops, and presentations from the likes of jewelry maker Kevin Wei, 3D printing artist Josh Harker, and Shapeways’ Duann Scott.
The store will be open until Dec. 27 at the Eventi Hotel, 835 6th Ave.
[via Make: Blog]
December 3, 2012
Equipped with an in-house Objet30 high-definition 3D printer (and more on the way) Mak3d provides designers with a free desk and access to these rapid prototyping technologies. There is one small catch: Designers are asked to work two hours a week for the office in exchange for desk space.
November 29, 2012
Staples will be offering 3D printing services in in Belguim and the Netherlands for a start.
According to their press release:
In a giant step toward the reality of 3D printing for all, Mcor Technologies Ltd has struck a deal with Staples Printing Systems Division to launch a new 3D printing service called "Staples Easy 3D," online via the Staples Office Centre.
November 18, 2012
Students at Virginia Tech have created a 3D printer in a vending machine. You supply the files on a SD card, the part comes out in a bin.
In their own words:
The DreamVendor is an interactive 3D printing station for Virginia Tech students to enable them to quickly fabricate prototypes for their academic, and even personal, design projects.
November 9, 2012
Loughborough University in the UK has launched an initiative called Tinkering with Technology, designed to give primary school children a glimpse into the world of 3D printing with a specific purpose – to get children more interested and involved in engineering from an early age.
[via 3D Printing Industry]
November 7, 2012
Queensland's first 3D printing lab is to be established at The Edge, at the State Library of Queensland and should be publicly available by Christmas. [Brisbane Times]
To validate the overall importance of 3D printing’s future for whole of Israel, Reut director Grinstein states that ”An important factor in Israel’s success has been access to and availability of technology that individuals could learn and excel in. And the next big revolution is going to be in 3D [printing]”.
Image left - A member of the XLN staff shows off an open-source 3D printer (Photo credit: Courtesy) The Times of Israel
November 5, 2012
Ponoko reports on a street vendor-style 3D printing kiosk.
Unfold, a design studio in Belgium, put together a mobile kiosk for 3D printing near the end of last year. Recently, they’ve has been showing off an amazing redesign of the project at Istanbul Design Biennial called Kiosk 2.0.
September 23, 2012
The first two 3D printer retail stores have opened in the US this September.
In New York
The MakerBot Store
Open: Mon-Sat 12 PM-7 PM; Sun 12 PM-6 PM
In Los Angeles
Hours are 11am – 8pm and currently open everyday of the week