Home Depot and MakerBot have teamed up today to answer the now mainstream question of “Hey, how do I get one of those 3D printers?” with a surprisingly mainstream partnership. The two companies, both bigshots in their own quite separate industries, are partnering up to bring 3D printing to those perusing the aisles with projects in mind. With the spectacular array of DIY projects out there these days, the combination of MakerBot with Home Depot and all the materials needed at hand is a smart move.
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.
Embarking on the partnership in July, it was a ‘wait and see what happens’ pilot program that is obviously going in the right direction. Home Depot also began offering MakerBot printers and supplies online during the summer. While this may not be a profit gamechanger for the two entities initially, it does combine the forces of two companies who are at the top of their industries, and have a customer base that looks to them for the latest trends, as well a guidance in craftsmanship.
Adding the new stores for the holidays should be a boon to both Home Depot and MakerBot—as well as for customers who want to put a big ‘wow’ factor into their gift giving this year.
Does this make you want to get over to a pilot store and check out the MakerBot kiosk? What do you think of the opportunity to purchase a 3D printer in a retail environment like Home Depot? Tell us about it in the Home Depot and MakerBot forum at 3DPB.com.
The Home Depot stores that will feature the in-store MakerBot 3D Printing Experience include:
|1781 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto, CA
3838 Hollis Avenue, Emeryville, CA
7100 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angels, CA
1125 Old County Road, San Carlos, CA
22855 Victory Blvd., West Hills, CA
5215 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO
500 S. Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO
10003 Grant Street, Denver, CO
3401 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
11305 SW 40TH Street, Miami, FL
650 Ponde de Leon, Atlanta, GA
2525 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA
2450 Cumberland Pkwy., Atlanta, GA
1232 W. North Avenue, Chicago
2665 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
1300 S. Clinton Street, Chicago
2920 Audrey Avenue, Naperville
4700 Cherry Hill Rd., College Park, MD
13100 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie, MN
|1705 Annapolis Lane, Plymouth, MN
980 3rd Ave, New York, NY
40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
11633 NE Glen Widing Dr., Portland, OR
14800 SW Sequoia Parkway, Tigard, OR
181 S Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA
1651 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
10515 N Mo Pac Expy., Austin, TX
3600 Interstate Hwy 35 S, Austin, TX
6110 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX
11682 Forest Central Dr., Dallas, TX
1100 Lumpkin Rd., Houston, TX
8400 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX
5445 West Loop, Houston, TX
400 S Pickett St., Alexandria, VA
2815 Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA
6200 E Lke Samammish Pky., Issaquah, WA
2701 Utah Ave South, Seattle, WA
11616 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA