April 12, 2014

While Staples already retails 3D printers, the $1,000+ price tag is surely holding back widespread adoption. Yet, mainstream interest in 3D printing appears to be growing across the globe. Staples believes 3D printing could extend its copy and print services, which compete with offerings like FedEx Office.

Staples hopes to out-do companies already offering in-store 3D printing services, like Makerbot, by taking a “soup to nuts” approach with customer lessons, says Staples VP of business services Damien Leigh. 3D printing still packs a steep learning curve for the average person, but Staples appears up for the challenge to educate the public.

Above all else, Staples’ size and existing business relationships give it a fighting chance of making 3D printing mainstream. It all depends on these pilot programs in NY and LA.

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