A little over a year after Shapeways tried out its own 2-3 day RUSH shipping service, Franco-American 3D printing service Sculpteo is initiating its own quick delivery service. The firm’s “Express Production” service promises that orders will be shipped within 48 hours of ordering. Express Production is a bit bolder than the Shapeways pilot, providing a money-back guarantee if parts are not shipped within 48 hours. Of course, there is a catch: Express Production is only available on non-polished, white plastic parts, the same caveat provided by Shapeways’ RUSH service.
Fast Mode and RUSH both seem geared at tackling the speed issue associated with 3D printing. One of the biggest advantages that 3D printing offers to businesses is the ability to generate prototypes quickly; however, if you have to wait in line for that part to be shipped to your door, what good is it? Such a wait might cause users to simply go out and purchase their own 3D printer, if they’ve got the money and the need, or turn to a distributed manufacturing network to have parts printed locally, when possible.
In turn, large service bureaus may need to rely on such programs to meet the demands of clients used to Amazon’s next-day delivery. In addition to Sculpteo and Shapeways, FATHOM studios in Seattle has developed its own version of next-day delivery. CloudDDM found its own unique solution to the problem by establishing itself right in the heart of UPS, giving the industrial service provider access to same day delivery anywhere in the world.
To learn more about Sculpteo’s offering, head over to their website here.