MakerBot has announced a new pilot program that will bring its Replicator Desktop 3D Printers inside 12 Home Depot retail stores in the US, along with online sales at Homedepot.com.
MakerBot states that the 3D printers will be showcased in specially designed kiosks inside the Home Depot stores, which will be manned by trained MakerBot retail staff to give customers demontrations of 3D printing. The kiosks will even offer small 3D printed "keepsakes" to give out to interested consumers.
Six of the 12 Home Depot stores that will have the MakerBot displays are located in California in Emeryville, East Palo Alto, San Carlos, Los Angeles, West Hills and Huntington Beach. Three stores are in Chicago, Illinois, two are in New York City and the final store is located in Naperville, Illinois.
What do you think of this new effort to expand 3D printer sales to the general public?