Online retailer eBay has launched eBay Exact, an app giving consumers the possibility to print about twenty different products in 3D. It is working together with companies that specialise in 3D-printing and the products on offer range from smartphone covers to metal jewellery.
‘Customised’ smartphone covers or rings
Consumers can use the app for iPhone, called eBay Exact, to have rings, smartphone covers and jewellery printed in plastic, metal or wood fibre and have it delivered to their homes.
In Europe the company will work with French 3D-printer Sculpteo, in the US with MakerBot and in Canada with Hot Pop Factory. When placing his order, the consumer can immediately decide where he wants the product to be made.
The current range of products is rather limited. At Sculpteo only eight products are available. Prices range from 9 dollar (7 euro) for an iPhone cover to 350 dollar (269 euro) for a metal ring. Delivery time for the orders is two weeks.