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3D printing coming to Staples in 2013

Coming soon: 3D printing will be available in select Staples stores in Europe in 2013. Staples is teaming up with Ireland-based 3D printing company Mcor to offer 3D printing services. Staples will expand to other countries shortly thereafter.

Dubbed “Staples Easy 3D,” the new service is pretty straightforward. Customers upload CAD or other 3D-printable files to Staples Office Center. Staples prints them on one of Mcor‘s Iris 3D color printers. Customers can then either pick up their 3D-printed objects at the store, or have them shipped to them.

Wouter Van Dijk, president of the Staples Printing Systems Division in Europe told Mashable, “Customized parts, prototypes, art objects, architectural models, medical models and 3D maps are items customers need today, in a more affordable and more accessible manner.”

If implemented in Staples centers in the U.S., the Make magazine project we described in an earlier blog post would be much easier to print. As an added bonus, Mcor’s 3D printers are reportedly capable of printing over a million colors. With a printer like that you could more easily get results like those achieved in Japan with the 3D photo booth.

The price of the Staples 3D print service and turnaround time have not yet been revealed.

Check out the Mcor Iris 3D’s impressive photorealistic results:

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