It’s becoming easier and easier to buy a 3D printer. This Monday, Home Depot Inc., which is the world’s largest home-improvement chain, has started selling 3D printers by MakerBot in twelve of their stores in California, Illinois and New York. In addition, you will also be able to buy a MakerBot on their website. Home Depot is following the example of chains such as Hema, Staples and Amazon, who recently started flirting with the technique.
For Home Depot this will be a pilot, where they could test whether selling 3D printers will be successful or not. The company also hopes that it puts them on the forefront of a new technique, and it makes them the next giant company to jump on the bandwagon of 3D printing technology.
In an e-mail to CBS News, MakerBot spokesperson Jenifer Howard said:
“This is a step towards bringing MakerBot 3D Printers to the mainstream. Home Depot customers are DIY’ers, gardeners, tradesmen, professionals and families — they are also a great community that likes to create and build things, which goes very well with 3D printing.”
Bre Pettis, MakerBot’s chief executive officer thinks this cooperation could be another step into the mainstream for 3D printers. The Home Depot stores, however, are not the first stores where people can buy their own MakerBot 3D printers, as MakerBot already has three stores in Boston, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition, their 3D printers are also being sold at Microsoft and MicroCenter retail stores, counting up to as many as 70 locations in the U.S.
The MakerBot’s are available via this page on the website of Home Depot. They range in price from $1,375 to $2,899. The store is selling several types of MakerBot 3D printers, such as the Replicator 2-Desktop 3D printer, the Replicator Desktop 3D printer, the Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner and the Replicator Mini 3D printer.