The MakerBot and Home Depot retail partnership — piloted in 12 stores since July this year — must be working. Today the two companies announced that they are expanding the programme to 39 select stores throughout the US, where Home Depot customers will be able to see and purchase MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and MakerBot PLA Filaments.
The Home Depot stores will feature the in-store MakerBot 3D Printing Experience which includes specially designed kiosks that encourage visitors to experience MakerBot 3D printing firsthand. Trained MakerBot retail associates staff the MakerBot kiosks to help with purchase decisions and also provide in-store 3D printing demonstrations, often offering 3D printed keepsakes for interested customers to take home.
This expansion of the Home Depot partnership now means that MakerBot merchandise can be found in more than 80 retail stores across the US when including the Microsoft and Micro Centre outlets.
Jenny Lawton, acting CEO of MakerBot commented: “We are really excited to expand MakerBot’s presence in physical stores. 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 [it] home with you.”
For a complete list of Home Depot stores that offer the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and hands-on demonstrations, go here.