eBay launches Exact 3D-printed goods app for Apple's iOS


eBay is rolling out Exact, a new mobile application enabling consumers to purchase customizable merchandise from 3D printing companies.

eBay's new Exact app allows users to purchase goods from 3D printing companies.

"For the uninitiated, 3D printing is the process of making a three-dimensional solid object from a digital model," eBay explained in a blog post. "'Prints' are created from an additive process where successive layers of material--be it plastic, metal or even wood pulp--are laid on top of each other in a structured way."

With eBay Exact, available for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, consumers can browse approximately 20 different products produced by partners including MakerBot, Sculpteo and Hot Pop Factory. Items range from a $9 iPhone case to a metal ring priced at $350. eBay Exact users may customize each product within the app and complete their purchase via eBay-owned PayPal. All purchases are shipped directly from each 3D printer's facilities.

Earlier this year, eBay forecasted mobile payment volumes will eclipse $20 billion in 2013, up from $13 billion in 2012. eBay added roughly 2.8 million new customers through its mobile applications during the first quarter of 2013, with downloads of those apps now topping 162 million since late 2008.

For more:
- read this eBay blog post

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