Today’s technology is absolutely amazing. 3 D printers, personal lasers, and other cool gadgets makers use to create art and innovation are now relatively affordable. But how do you ship a 3D printer, laser, or other delicate electronic equipment?
We asked the Boston area’s leading expert on shipping computers and technology for tips and insights.
The first tip is to get professional assistance right away. Unless you’re transporting your 3D printer a very small distance – such as across the hallway or at most in the neighborhood – there’s a lot involved in the job. All of the moveable parts of your 3D printer, such as the printing head and cables, need to be safely secured. The entire unit needs to be padded, supported, and contained in a shipping crate. Many 3D printers are quite heavy, so the assistance of professional movers would be appreciated.
Any time you’re talking about shipping technology, it’s a good idea to talk about foam in place. Foam in place is a way to completely envelop your 3D printer or other electronic items in a durable styrofoam shell for shipping purposes. The foam is literally piped into the box with your 3D printer, safely enveloping it without damaging any fragile components. This is the ultimate protection against moisture, shock, drops, and other damage.
Finally, there are some things you can do to help the pack and ship company ensure your 3D printer arrives at the appropriate destination at the appropriate time. The first is to check and double check the shipping address. The second is to insure your shipment appropriately. While many carriers provide an automatic minimal amount of insurance on packages, 3D printers are quite expensive. It’s well worth investing in the additional coverage to protect you against package loss or damage. This is especially true if you’re shipping a 3D printer internationally.
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