If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with some 3D printing action, MakerBot printers are now on display at select Home Depot stores. Originally founded in 2009, MakerBot has become a world leader in 3D printing and scanning. Although many 3D printers have come since, MakerBot retains a status of making 3D printing both easy and accessible.
You won’t be able to head over to just any Home Depot, as this pilot program is starting with only 12 stores across three states: California, Illinois, and New York. Bummer if you’re not nearby any of these special locations (I’m not), but we can hope that success will translate into having MakerBot kiosks come to more Home Depot stores.
For those of you fortunate enough to be within driving distance (click here to get a list of locations) can head on over and witness hands-on demonstrations. I have seen 3D printing live in-action, and it’s rather mesmerizing. These specially-designed kiosks will introduce people to the world of 3D printing and open up imaginations at the design possibilities.
Sure, little toys and keepsakes are cute, but MakerBot also wants to show the benefits of making parts, projects, and prototypes. Sometimes all it takes is seeing how the process works in order for inspiration and ideas to hit home. You can visit HomeDepot.com to find MakerBot 3D printers, scanners, and filaments for purchase.