The two stores will have photo booths that allow customers to scan in their facial info for use in 3D printing.

Staples Now Testing In-Store 3D Printing

In an earlier, more simpler time when color printing was costly (and when people still printed things out), many consumers and small businesses used Staples and other office supply stores to fulfill their printing and copying needs. Can they do the same for 3D printing? Staples is willing to find out by dipping its toe into the 3D-printed waters with a pair of in-store tests. [More]

The new Replicator Mini from MakerBot.

MakerBot Hopes You’ll Buy The Kids This Mini 3D Printer And Download Toys

When I was a kid and Disney’s Aladdin came out, I was extremely perturbed by the genie’s rule against wishing for more wishes, because it completely ruined the entire premise of the genie strategy that I had been working out since infancy. After much thought, I pivoted by deciding to wish for the means of producing whatever I wanted. This brings me to MakerBot’s new Replicator Mini. It’s basically a tiny toy factory, the object of my power-mad childhood dreams. [More]

(me and the sysop)

Could 3D Printing Put An End To Tantrums Over Out-Of-Stock Happy Meal Toys?

If you’ve ever worked at a fast food restaurant that had some sort of popular toy giveaway for kids, you’ve likely seen more than your fair share of kids blow a gasket when the particular toy they desired was unavailable. Now folks at McDonald’s are wondering if 3D printing technology might be the solution. [More]