The Royal Mail may not be a company that you associate with the latest in technological advances, but the national delivery company has launched a 3D printing service in an attempt to keep its business relevant in the 21st century.
The Royal Mail is teaming up with 3D printing specialist iMakr to pilot the service in order to gauge the demand for 3D printing.
3D printing might be all the rage but the cost of the printers (around £1000 for a household model) and necessary filament can make it inaccessible to everyday consumers or small businesses. The Royal Mail’s scheme will allow customers to have their own designs printed as well as offering a range of existing designs that can be personalised.
Initially the printers will only be based in the Royal Mail’s New Cavendish Street delivery office in London but customers can place orders online and either collect them from the office or have them delivered. If there is sufficient demand for the service it could be rolled out nationwide.
What do you think of the Royal Mail’s move into 3D printing? Would you use the service?