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Amazon Launches 3D Printing Store

Once thought to be much too expensive for home use, 3D printing is now becoming more of a household practice — and Amazon is looking to help everyone become a product designer.

According to a recent press release, Amazon has launched the 3D Printed Products store, which is a marketplace for all things 3D printing. It gives customers access to over 200 different print on-demand products, 3D printing books/guides, software and even 3D printers. 

This is how it works: customers can select from easy-to-use design templates, put their individual spin on the item, and use a 3D preview feature to see a 360 degree, virtual model of the product.    From there, the item is 3D printed on-demand by a manufacturing provider and shipped directly to the customer.
  Many of the print on-demand products can be customized by material, size, styles and color variations, and further personalized with image and text imprints. 

“The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail – that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own,” said Petra Schindler-Carter, Director for Amazon Marketplace Sales.

“The 3D Printed Products store allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories.”

Amazon’s 3D printing store includes smaller items like cufflinks, bobble head figurines and wine glass holders for under $40 USD. For around $100 USD, customers can design items like pendants, earrings and necklaces.

Amazon may have a great idea here, especially since a study from the Michigan Technological University last year said that using 3D printers for household products could save hundreds of dollars versus store-bought products. More specifically, the study found that the average American household would spend anywhere between $312 and $1,944 USD for 20 chosen household products online as opposed to just $18 USD if they made them with the 3D printer. 

You can check out the new store here. 

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