Staples have opened their first 3D printing “Experience Center” in The Netherlands after announcing their partnership with Mcor last month. The center opened at the Staples Office Center in Almere and is the first step in a full-service 3D printing operation that the worldwide office giant will roll out across Europe.
Customers will be able to experience the world of 3D printing using Mcor Iris 3D printers that are able to produce full-color 3D models using plain-old office paper. The staff will run presentations and workshops where visitors will be able to interact with Mcor 3D Printers.
“An accessible 3D printing Experience Centre where everyone can become acquainted with this new service is the first step in offering a complete 3D printing solution. The Experience Centre, combined with our new Staples Easy 3D online service, will provide everyone access to lifelike, photorealistic 3D printed products at an affordable price.”, said Oscar Pakasi.
Oscar Pakasi, business development director of Staples Printing Systems Division, was responsible for the development and design of the Staples Easy 3D online service which allows users to upload models for print that can be collected from the Staples store, or delivered.
The Staples Easy 3D Online service is able to offer low 3D print costs as there is no high-priced PLA filament to purchase for the prints, as the Mcor Technologies 3D printers utilize regular office paper. The 3D models produced are solid, durable, tactile photorealistic prints that are eco-friendly. The Mcor Iris is able to print in full color (1 million+ colors) using four CYMK + black ink jet cartridges. It is able to print in full color on 43lb ply letter paper, or 160gsm A4 paper in Europe.
Staples are the first mainstream retailer to offer a 3D printing service and are playing to their strengths in offering paper-based model printing. How soon before we see this rolled out to other markets, notably the U.S.