3D printing store to open

Courtesy of the Associated Press

October 18, 2014

A chance to get a taste of the emerging new industry of 3D printing is coming on Nov. 7 and 8 with the opening of GetPrinting3D.

The store is designed to be a retail, showroom and demonstration center, said Brent Cox, marketing director. The store is at 9233 N. Dixie Drive in Vandalia and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days of the grand opening.

There will be four different 3D printers running; a “Creation Station” workstation where people can work with the latest 3D modeling software and create 3D models online at Cubify.com; educational panels explaining 3D printing technologies; 3D printed part samples displayed from each process and experts available to answer questions.

Cox said the store will follow the “Kinkos model” by allowing individuals, businesses or school groups to present, or email, 3D model files and have them printed for a charge.

Machines available for sale are priced $1,300 and up, Cox said.

In additive, or 3D, manufacturing, complex objects are created with polymers by applying successive layers of material based on a digital model design. The process is being used increasingly for engineering, construction, aerospace, auto, medical, and dental industries.

The retail store is part of a larger facility operated by sister company Bastech, a manufacturer of aerospace and auto components and consumer products. Cox said he’ll periodically give tours of the rest of the facility where larger, production 3D printers and other prototyping equipment are in use.

“Our desire would be to open a larger and more centrally located store near the University of Dayton or other developing, technology-centered area,” he said,

The total additive manufacturing market is expected to reach $3.5 billion in sales by 2017, according to a report released earlier this year.

For more information, telephone (937)890-9292 or see online: www.getprinting3d.com


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