Convenient access to 3D printing helps entrepreneurs and small business owners bring their ideas to life
Join The UPS Store and Stratasys Twitter chat on how 3D print services can help small businesses, Tuesday, Sept. 23; 7-8 p.m. EDT / 4-5 p.m. PDT: Hashtag: #3dprintweek
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 23, 2014 — Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced its uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer will be used by The UPS Store® as part of a nationwide expansion of 3D printing services at nearly 100 locations.
The UPS Store was the first nationwide retailer to offer 3D printing services, and it is evolving its services to better meet the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Customers can bring a Computer Aided Design (CAD) file to participating locations and 3D print their product design using Stratasys 3D printing technology, to help refine their ideas, reduce development costs, and reduce time-to-market.
“More small business owners and entrepreneurs are looking to 3D printing to help bring their innovations to market,” said Gilad Gans, President of Stratasys North America. “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.”
Last year, The UPS Store selected the uPrint SE Plus as part of a 3D printing pilot program in six stores in select markets across the country. Over the past year, the six locations saw demand for 3D printing increase among small businesses, startups, inventors, artists and professionals. Globally, 3D printing services offered by retailers and other providers are growing in demand. According to Wohlers Report 2014, a survey of 3D printing service providers worldwide revealed that more than two-thirds (68.3 percent) added new machines in 2013, up from 58.1 percent in 2012. The Wohlers Report is an annual worldwide state of the 3D printing industry report published by Wohlers Associates, Inc.
The Stratasys uPrint SE Plus professional grade 3D printer uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology to create durable models and functional prototypes, complex engineering parts and one-of-a-kind objects.
The UPS Store and Stratasys will host a Twitter chat on how 3D print services can help small businesses on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT/ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. PDT. Small business owners can get their 3D print questions answered by experts including Daniel Remba, small business technology leader for The UPS Store, and Mark Skokut, senior application engineer at Stratasys, for a chance to win complimentary 3D print services from The UPS Store. To participate in the Twitter chat use hashtag #3dprintweek and follow us on Twitter @TheUPSStore and @Stratasys.
A full list of The UPS Store locations offering 3D printing services can be found at www.theupsstore.com/3dprinting.
For more information on the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus system visit: www.stratasys.com
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company's patented FDM®, PolyJet™, and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates a digital-manufacturing service, comprising RedEye, Harvest Technologies and Solid Concepts. Stratasys has more than 2500 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com.
FDM, Stratasys and uPrint are registered trademarks, and Fused Deposition Modeling is a trademark of Stratasys Ltd. and or its subsidiaries or affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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