3D Printers Hit the Shelf at The Home Depot

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‘Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work. Every day we see the magic of 3D printing becoming a reality with our customers.’

This comment comes from the CEO of Makerbot, Bre Pettis, as his company announced that its 3D printing product range would now be sold through North American megastore, The Home Depot. The announcement may prove to be a key date in the evolution of 3D printing, as it indicative of the new level of accessibility of 3D printing for the individual.

The collaboration between the two companies will see the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers available to customers on homedepot.com/makerbot as well as in 12 Home Depot stores in California, Illinois and New York.

Commenting on the collaboration, The Home Depots Jod Dowey said:

‘We are continually looking to bring the latest innovation to our customers and are excited to offer MakerBot 3D Printing products in select stores and on homedepot.com. MakerBot 3D printers are yet another great technology that can serve particular needs of specific customers,’

In an attempt to force greater engagement, MakerBot will run kiosks inside the stores showcasing the technology to retail customers. Only time will tell how the general public responds to the powers of 3D printing. However here is hoping this product line doesn’t turn into a mini-Worlds Fair in each store and encourages consumer’s to question its benefit.

Image: Makerbot

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