Abstract 3D Printing

Growing up, the UPS brand was always close to my heart. With my father as a dedicated professional driver for the delivery service, the former motto ‘What Can Brown Do For You?’ took a very literal meaning in that it provided for my household.

However, as I earned my degree in business and became more familiar with various industries, I learned how important the phrase ‘What Can Brown Do for You’ was to the small business.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are often under tight budgets and time constraints; but to be successful they need the cooperation of big brands to assist them with their limitations.

This is where UPS has excelled.

With The UPS Store® Small Business Solutions, UPS provides resources tailored for the small business owner and entrepreneur. In their own words, “Not only are we your one-stop-shop for The UPS Store products and services, but we also provide you exclusive deals and convenient means of finding referrals to products and services that may be relevant to you.”

This explains the shift to their new slogan, ‘We [Heart] Logistics.’

To fulfill their brand promise, The UPS Store has rolled out 3D Printing plans across 100 of their centers in an effort to meet small business owners’ needs.

Announced on September 22nd, UPS sought a solution for this niche of consumers to have access to high-quality 3D printing they may otherwise not achieve in purchasing their own 3D printer (which can also be costly). The Stratasys uPrint SE Plus was the printer chosen by UPS; it is believed to be the printer providing the best quality for their consumers. With such quality, prototypes, promotional materials, and other items would be easy to obtain.

According to The UPS Store® website, all that is needed is a 3D CAD (computer-aided design) file to complete your print. Since they know not all aspiring innovators can afford this software, multiple locations have a graphic designer on staff to assist you in bringing your idea to life. They even claim that the 3D printer can be more reliable than the common CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine that is typically used to control other machine tools like mills, routers, and grinders (Thomas Net).

To get more information about what UPS is offering, check out their video below:

While this 3D printing technology is new to most of us, The Wohlers Report 2014 reported 3D print service increased by 21% last year in the provider sector. Just this year, even Staples has started to offer such services in two of their locations (Studio City, CA and New York City, NY).

Does this mean 3D printing is a new method to start dabbling in as a newcomer to the small business and entrepreneurial world? I would definitely say yes. 3D printing provides many opportunities, is mindful of your resources, and, with providers like UPS for execution, is fast and simple.

What could you 3D print with UPS’ services today? Do you think it would help your business succeed?

Let us know in the comments!

About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Content Marketing Coordinator for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on Webs’ Blog and Google+.

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