GetPrinting3D, a high-tech retail operation selling printers and supplies, officially opened its Evanston office Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

In town for the event was Ben Staub, who owns the Dayton, Ohio-based company that provides the means for industrial companies to make prototypes of their products and for hearing-aid companies to produce forms that are custom-made to fit in their customers’ ears.

The space-age machines that are also widely used in research facilities, range in price from $1,200 to $250,000, he said, depending upon the level of sophistication required.

Staub has been in the business since1990, providing engineering, rapid prototyping, and rapid tooling services.

Above: Owner Staub shows off one of the larger 3D printing machines in his new Evanston showroom. At top is one of the smaller machines.

GetPrinting3D operates under the retail and e-commerce division of Rapid Direction, Inc., which opened a sales office in 2011 at 820 Davis St. on the fourth floor as a tenant of the Technology Innovations Center incubator.

Now it has moved to the first floor to allow for better public accessibility to the showroom.

The company’s marketing director, Brent Cox, said “we see our business as a venue where people of all ages can see the technology in use, learn, ask questions, use the printers, and interact with 3D printing experts to learn more about this exciting technology.

Mayor Tisdahl and Staub chat with Rep. Robyn Gabel and other attendees at the official opening of the company’s Evanston office.

Staub added that the company would like to use its Evanston office to aid Evanston Township High School students to see practical applications of theories learned in advanced classes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The office, located on the ground floor of the 820 Davis office building in Suite 111, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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