Jun.19, 2013

At Tesco HQ teams of technology experts are testing a 3D printer to look at how it might change the way stores work. Tesco is exploring ways to add 3D printing as an in-store service, according to the company's innovation ambassador Paul Wilkinson.

Photos and posters can be printed in many of Tesco's larger stores, and the company wants now to add 3D printing services for other gifts and personalised items. For example when kids design their own toys, they can bring the design to the store and get them made on a 3D printer.

In addition Wilkinson says that Tesco could also develop a digital catalogue of spare parts for items purchased by customers and they could be printed on demand and ready for collection by the time customers have finished shopping.

"You could even take a broken item in to store; we could scan it in 3D, repair it digitally and make you a new one. The potential for 3D technology to revolutionise the way we view stores and what we can get from them is vast." writes Wilkinson in company's blog.

"We're pretty excited about 3D printing and we'll be working hard to see how we might be able use it to make things better for customers."



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