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eBay enters 3D-printing market with new app

July 15, 2013 • News, Technology, Uncategorized

Online shopping site, eBay has announced a new iOS app, available on the App Store, which allows the user to buy customisable 3D-printed merchandise.

Titled eBay Exact, customers can choose from around 20 items from 3D Printers around the world, including Brooklyn-based MakerBot, France-based Sculpteo and Toronto, Canada-based Hot Pop Factory.

“eBay Exact allows users to order products directly from our partner 3D printers on the app, pay with PayPal, and receive the item within 7 to 14 business days. Buyers who choose to buy from Sculpteo can play around with a 360-degree preview image of the item they want to customize and buy,” statement.

Merchandise ranges from technology accessories to jewellery, and can cost anywhere from $9 for a plastic iPhone case to $350 for a metal ring, with the items being shipped directly from each 3D printer’s facilities.

According to the App Store, eBay has listed the following features:

· Bring your style to life. Choose from a variety of materials, including plastics, wood and metals. Use the engraving feature to further customize your product.
· Be the first to use new technology to create one-of-a-kind iPhone cases, jewelry, and figurines based on self-portraits.
· Build your collection. Whether you love jewelry or figurines, eBay Exact allows you to create as many unique products, exactly as you like, based on your personal desires and preferences.

“Shoppers today not only want to buy items anytime, anywhere through mobile devices, but they also want to be able to personalize their purchases. eBay Exact brings these two desires into one shopping experience,” said Steve Yankovich,  Vice President of Innovation and New Ventures for eBay.

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