I have been waiting this announcement since 3D Printing started going mainstream and the Maker movement grew to more than a few people tinkering with 3D prints in garages, basements and dorms. I wrote over a year ago that someday you would be able to 3D design or print a pre designed 3D part from your home to a local brick and mortar store and pick up the 3D printed part.
Now you don’t have to buy that expensive 3D printer for occasional use or use a online print service and wait on UPS to deliver your 3D print. Soon you will be able to get it when it is done at the local UPS Store. UPS Stores will be proving a 3D print service using professional Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D printers. No details on pricing per cubic inch just yet. It could be a replacement part for something in your house like that always breaking plastic dryer door clip, the worlds next big invention prototype, or perhaps you made a 3D model of your head using 123D Catch and made it into a 3D door knob using 123D Design to add that unique style to your home. With so many 3D software products out there including free ones like 123D Design and Tinkercad to the professional 3D design software I don’t think there will be a specific UPS 3D Design and Print software, I am assuming UPS will only require a STL file. They could even use the recent free & released Autodesk 3D Print Utility.
It will be interesting to see how many stores expand this service and how many people prototype their next great inventions using them.