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An Interview with Brian Spindel, co-founder and COO of PostNet
May 30, 2014
The use of 3-D printing in small business environments is certainly something that has been gaining traction as the technology has become more easily available as well as more affordable. It has moved beyond something reserved for hobbyists and advanced technophiles and many industries have found a use for it. We recently had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Brian Spindel, co-founder and COO of PostNet, a company that franchises postal and business services centers across the country and around the globe. Below is the transcript from our interview conducted via email.
1)Where did you get the idea to found PostNet and what prompted you to do so? How long has the company been around? Is every branch its own independent franchise?
We are a fully franchised company and each PostNet location is independently owned and operated.
2)Whose idea was it to start the new center in Minneapolis and what was it that was especially attractive about 3-D printing?
3)What is the 3-D printing setup like and how will it work? As in, what type of printers are on site, what are the costs, the materials, etcetera?
4)What do you think are the biggest challenges facing small businesses and the printing environment today?
The biggest challenge facing small businesses when it comes to the 3D printing environment is that the market is still very narrow. In order to expand, the 3D scanning industry will need to be developed because not everyone knows how to create a file that can be printed in 3D.
5)Are there other plans to open more 3-D printing centers down the road if the one in Minneapolis is successful? Are those types of choices left up to the franchisees?