Royal Mail Trial 3D Printing
Royal Mail have partnered with iMakr, the 3D printing specialists, to trial the new technology in central London. Businesses and consumers will be able to print their own designs or choose from a range of existing designs which can be customised to the customers’ requirements.
Once printed, customers can then collect their 3D printed designs from the Oxford Street delivery centre or have them posted. Royal Mail is trialling the scheme in an attempt to look for new areas of business to move into.
Chief customer officer at Royal Mail, Mike Newnham has said:
“3D printing is an emerging technology that has many applications and offers an innovative way to create unique or personalised objects. It can be prohibitively expensive for consumers or small businesses to invest in a 3D printer, so we are launching a pilot to gauge interest in 3D printing to sit alongside Royal Mail’s e-commerce and delivery capability.”
3D printing works by producing an image from hundreds and thousands of layers. These layers are added on top of one another until the final product is formed. It is forecasted that 3D printing will grow to be a major industry, with 2.3 million 3D printers being sold worldwide by 2018.
It is predicted that 3D printing will be a common sight on the hightstreet of the future. Royal Mail hopes to tap into this demand and establish itself as a provider of 3D printing services for small businesses and consumers who cannot afford the investment of high quality 3D printers and equipment.