Girls in STEM

Update: Spotlight School Success

Update: Spotlight School Success

SUCCESS! Since electing Liberty Elementary School as our Spotlight School, we have come to adore the Liberty family more and more each day.  T

News and Insight

Search articles, videos and updates on 3D Printing and its growing presence in our world

Girls in STEM

WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

This week, we bring you a short video on a STEM'tastic educator! Scroll down to WATCH this educator doing what she does best - teachi

Videos

Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Watching super cool EDUCATIONAL videos from across the web is one of our favorite pastimes! Join us in learning more about 3D printing in the clas

Science and Math

'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the season for GINGERBREAD and working the delicious treat into your family - and CLASSROOM - fun. Last week, as students across the

Close

Amazon Offering 3D Printing Online of Retail Goods

By Staff Writter

Amazon Offering 3D Printing Online of Retail Goods

Technology

Reuters is reporting that Amazon is offering a new way to do 3D printing online. It has set up a store where a customer can order custom made 3D printed items such as bobble heads. Other items includes toys, ear rings, and decorative vases, according to Time. About 200 products in all are included in the launch. Items will cost anywhere from $40 to $100

Customers will be able to log on to the site and custom design their objects from a base model. For example, for bobble heads, they will be able to determine things like hair color, skin color, eye color, hair style, and outfit. Thus far customers will not be able to upload their own designs as does Shapeways. Amazon is not prepared yet to educate its customers in the details of 3D printing design and also wants to maintain some measure of quality control. It does not mean it won’t expand into that further area of customization in the future.

Amazon is partnering with companies such as Sculpteo, 3DLT, and Mixee labs, which brings 3D printing expertise. Amazon brings with it a customer base of over 240 million people world-wide. Combined this represents the biggest play yet for the production of 3D printed goods.

Amazon’s entry into customized 3D printing is the latest investment the online retail giant has entered into that has caused its most recent quarterly loss. The expectation is that 3D printing of retail goods is a growth industry that will only enhance Amazon’s bottom line going forward.

Leave a comment:

The train is going, ebay, amazon the giant is showing interest in 3d printing, but that does not mean the giant will offer the best service.