Ryman 3D Printing Service
One of the UK’s biggest stationery retailers, Ryman, are set to begin offering 3D print services in their stores.
The idea is currently being trialled at two of their London locations and the public are being invited to go and watch 3D products being printed on the shop floor.
Once rolled out, customers will be able to design their own 3D files or download existing creations and bring them to a store to have them 3D printed.
As of August, Ryman will also start to sell 3D Systems Cube and Cube Pro 3D printers along with the Sense 3D scanner. A range of PLA and ABS filaments will also be available to purchase.
The initiative is being marketed at families and professionals alike with the ability to upload your own designs or simply scan your own objects to be printed.
Ryman’s current demonstrations are being held at their Strand and Great Portland Street locations and 3D printing experts are on hand to engage with customers about how the technology works.
This is not the first time a big retail name has ventured into the 3D printing market in the UK. Last December, supermarket giant Asda began trialling the process with a series of shows at various stores across the country allowing customers to create ‘mini me’ 3D versions of themselves.
Proving the growing popularity for in store 3D activity, iMakr who operate the world’s largest 3D printing store in London opened another location in New York last month, offering training and workshops for 3D enthusiasts.
With Ryman marketing themselves as ‘The Home of 3D Printing’, if the service proves a success, perhaps it will not be long before similar retailers follow suit.