UPS to Offer In-Store 3D Printing

August 1, 2013 | Andy Cush

It was only a matter of time before a mainstream retailer dipped its toes into 3D printing, but it still feels like a big step. UPS announced that six of its San Diego outposts would get in-store 3D printers for customer use, with more cities being added to the program “in the near future.”

Significantly, the printers being offered are good ones–Stratasys uPrint SE Plus, professional machines that retail somewhere in the $15,000-$20,000 range and afford more detail and complexity than a desktop model like the MakerBot Replicator. This should be fun.

One commenter at the Verge offers up the inevitable question. How will something like this be regulated? Could anyone go in and print themselves a gun?