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April 22, 2014 08:06 ET

PostNet Franchise Moves Into 3D Printing: Why It's a Big Deal

PostNet Franchise Rolls Out 3D Printing; Making the Technology Widely Accessible Empowers Inventors, Forges New Business Ties

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2014) - When the newest PostNet franchise location opened this month in Minneapolis, it ushered in a new era. Dave Thorsen's Neighborhood Business Center is the first in the nation to offer 3D printing, which has been hailed as a revolutionary technology by The New York Times, "Wired" magazine, "The Economist," "Bloomberg Businessweek," "Popular Science" and many others. President Obama even mentioned 3D printing during his 2013 State of the Union address, citing the technology's potential to create manufacturing jobs in the United States.

Here's why PostNet's move is important:

PostNet is making the technology available to customers nationwide. Thorsen's new store at 701 N. Washington Ave., Suite 111, in Minneapolis will serve as a hub for PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers nationwide, which now will be able to offer 3D printing to their business customers.

"Few new technologies receive more intense interest than 3D printing," the MIT Sloan Management Review wrote in a 2013 article. "The technology has some [experts] predicting that it will revolutionize manufacturing top to bottom, creating new, small-scale manufacturing with little waste."

But, the magazine notes, "that promise remains emergent."

One of the reasons 3D printing hasn't yet broken into the mainstream is that it has not been widely offered in a retail environment, so the general public has not been able to engage with the technology.

PostNet intends to change that.

Thorsen's Minneapolis PostNet will be able to fabricate 3D printed objects for inventors who stop into any PostNet throughout the United States. PostNet stores then will be able to use their other services to help those inventor/entrepreneurs market their inventions, win customers and build businesses.

PostNet offers a full range of business services to help small and medium-sized businesses grow, including digital printing, graphic design, direct mail, websites, email marketing and shipping.

"By working together, our franchisees have been able to provide unparalleled service and convenience to business customers, which makes us an ally in their growth," CEO Steve Greenbaum says. "We're excited to add another tool to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams."

To learn more about PostNet, visit www.postnetfranchise.com.

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