What Happens when large players like Home Depot hook up with 3D Printing firms like Makerbot?
In a retail program that was already in place with 12 stores, popularity of the partnership was high enough to extend it from the summer and expand the number of stores. MakerBot announced today it will be extending the program with Home Depot, offering a retail experience to the DIY and construction crowd in 39 stores.
“We are really excited to expand MakerBot’s presence in physical stores,” noted Jenny Lawton, acting CEO of MakerBot. “The addition of these new locations will bring the magic of 3D printing with a MakerBot Replicator directly to customers. It’s a very cool thing to be able to walk into a store, see and experience a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, then be able to purchase and take a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer home with you.”
Those who have not yet had an introduction to 3D printing are sure to be drawn to the sleek, colorful MakerBot kiosks enticing consumers to come and try their hand at the magical new technology. It’s a great opportunity to get some free lessons and input on 3D printing, as trained MakerBot representatives are there giving demos, and offering tips when customers have questions regarding purchases of equipment and materials. Stay tuned to the 3D Printing Channel for more news on this partnership.