July 14, 2014
Paint, hammer, and a 3D printer? As of today, shoppers in the world’s largest home-improvement store, Home Depot, will be able to purchase their own 3D printer. MakerBot printers have been available on Home Depot’s website for three months, but they will now be available in 12 stores as part of a pilot project.
“We are continually looking to bring the latest innovation to our customers,” Home Depot merchant Joe Downey said in a statement reported in Fortune. “MakerBot 3D printers are yet another great technology that can serve particular needs of specific customers.”
This announcement is another sign that 3D printing continues to move into the mainstream, and more goods will be manufactured at or close to their point of purchase or consumption. Furthermore, the $1,375 starting price point puts it in reach of many everyday buyers.
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