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Friday, September 27, 2013

Tesco Plans for 3D Printing in Supermarkets

Tesco as a center for 3D printing, to compete with office services stores, as opposed to printing some of their own products?  But certainly also small parts to add to products, which may be designed to be more repairable than they are now.

" ... 3D printing could soon be seen in retail stores, allowing shoppers to order certain basic items and have them printed out on-demand, according to the IT chief of Tesco.... 

 “It’s still in its infancy, it’s been around for a few years, but it’s getting cheaper, it’s getting a little bit easier, it’s getting a little more flexible than it has been in the past,” he told V3 during an interview at the show. “I think over the next few years you will see 3D printing in shops, because for the missing hose from the vacuum printer, you can print them in the time that someone enters the store, does a bit of shopping and leaves the store. So I can definitely see that being part of the retail offering in the none too distant future. ... " 

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