The big idea is to make 3D printing a service available to anyone who wants to have a product whipped up, which is not bad because things have to start somewhere. Staples said that the move will help get the 3D printing industry's consumer-level ball rolling. Depending on how well this pilot program works out, Staples may then begin offering the program in some of its other stores across the nation.
Staples has been trialling the service for its European customers for a while now. Those who want to print will need a 3D file from which the object will be made, and will be limited to the materials Staples has available. According to Bloomberg, there will be six materials, and big printing projects will end up being outsourced.
Staples was the the first retailer to sell 3D printers in the United States around this time last year, offering up the Cube 3D Printer at its stores.