Stratasys 3D Printers Now In 100 UPS Stores Nationwide
Customers in the Twin Cities won’t need to look far to print their creations in 3D:UPS selected two metro locations among 100 around the country to offer the service.
Edina-based Stratasys Ltd.’s uPrint SE Plus 3D printers were piloted in six UPS retail locations last year. Now, in time for “3D Printing Week,” the number of stores with the company’s printers will grow considerably.
“More small business owners and entrepreneurs are looking to 3D printing to help bring their innovations to market,” Stratasys North America President Gilad Gans said in a statement. “The UPS Store is at the forefront of a growing number of retailers that see additive manufacturing as a significant value-add for their customers.”
According to UPS, 3D printing takes anywhere from four to five hours for a simple object and up to 24 hours for complex projects. At stores outfitted with the printers, customers can bring computer-aided design (CAD) files to print their product. The printers use ABS plastic and soluble supports to produce items like engineering parts, acting props, architectural models, and fixtures for cameras.
The two UPS Stores now offering 3D printing in the Twin Cities are in Minneapolis (Seventh St., Suite 212) and St. Paul (2038 Ford Parkway).
Stratasys has been growing through transactions, announcing its fourth acquisition last week. In August, its stock soared as revenue jumped 67 percent. By Wednesday afternoon, the company’s stock price was up nearly 24 percent from the same point last year at $124.42 a share.