Home Depot is now offering shoppers the opportunity to buy 3D printers in stores.
The MakerBot printers have been available on Home Depot's website for three months and can now be found in 12 brick-and-mortars across California, Illinois and New York as part of a pilot program.
"We are continually looking to bring the latest innovation to our customers and are excited to offer MakerBot 3D Printing products in select stores and on HomeDepot.com," said Joe Downey, merchant, Home Depot. "MakerBot 3D printers are yet another great technology that can serve particular needs of specific customers."
In addition, the retailer will host large kiosks with staff members that can demonstrate 3D printing and will even offer 3D printed keepsakes to improve sales.
Although 3D printing is still in the early stages and may not make a huge impact on Home Depot sales, it lets shoppers know that the retailer is on the forefront of technology. Home Depot began making technological strides by offering connected home devices in 2,000 stores earlier this month.
Home Depot has recently seen an increase in online sales and is looking to match that success in stores. First quarter total sales grew nearly 3 percent, but online sales were up 39 percent. Web sales now account for 4.2 percent of the retailer's total sales.
-See this Home Depot press release
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