3D printer manufacturer Mcor Technologies has announced a partnership with Staples that will enable the office supplies retailer to launch a new 3D printing service.
Dubbed “Staples Easy 3D,” the service will be available via the online Staples Office Center, and will utilize Mcor’s IRIS 3D printer, which prints 506 dpi, fully 3D models. Customers can upload their desired 3D objects electronically to the Center, and then either pick them up at a nearby Staples store or have them delivered to their address.
Sounds great, right? Well, unfortunately, the service has only officially been confirmed for a Q1 2013 release in the Netherlands and Belgium thus far. Staples Printing Systems director of business development Oscar Pakasi says that the service will be rolled out to other markets in the future, but no specifics were given.
Same goes with what the price of these 3D prints will be, although Mcor’s press release did term them as “low-cost.” For what it’s worth, impatient printers can pick up the Mcor IRIS when it goes on sale in December for the not-so-low price of €11,300 (or roughly $15,900).
3D printing, for the uninitiated, is just about exactly what it sounds like. It’s still in its early stages, but rest assured that turning digital models into actual three-dimensional ones is something people can do now. Expect to see much more of it in the future.