Wait – what? Amazon now does 3D printing? It’s not much to speak of yet but their pilot 3D printing storefront could be huge. So far, the storefront has less than 50 products; mostly jewelry and smartphone cases. They all come printed in Nylon Polymide, and only the color is customizable.
Offering an on-demand 3D printing service is a nice initial step. Once designers are permitted to upload their STL files and offer printed output for sale, combined with Amazon’s market reach and distribution power, online 3D printing services could become prime-time. My head is spinning at the thought that Amazon’s 3D storefront could evolve to have service offerings similar to Shapeways.
Amazon 3DLT Storefront: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&me=A1V9JQ2VE1JCFX