Staples and Lowe’s move forward on 3D printing market

Will 2016 be the year of expansion for 3D printing with retailers ? It seems. With their implication, the 3D printing’s revolution can now each the masses through a range of online and in-store services. Imagine, Design, Print and Receive as a main promise. The revolution is no more Online exclusively, in-store shopping experience needs now to be shaped to integrate the possibilities of 3D printing. Here are two instances of an integration of a 3D printing service as a retailer.

Have a first look at Howe’s Innovation Labs that offers a online and in-store service in 3D printing with Orchard. Discover it in this video below.

This is how they describe themselves : “Lowe’s Innovation Labs has partnered with Authentise to bring in-store and online 3D printing and scanning services to Orchard Supply Hardware and www.osh.com. This program brings customers simple, fun experiences designing and producing items for personal expression throughout their home.” More informations about Howe’s innovation lab

Capture d’écran 2015-09-21 à 08.57.40Orchard’s 3D printing service home page.

 

Then, Staples moves forward too with an online 3D printing service. Upload your 3D file or select one into their online gallery. Receive it by shipping service. By the way, Staples is currently selling two 3D printers and their accessories : Afinia 3D printers and Marketbot 3D printersDiscover Staples’ service here

Capture d’écran 2015-09-21 à 08.47.49Staples’s 3D printing service home page

 

Capture d’écran 2015-09-21 à 09.12.20Staples’s 3D items gallery

3D printing services are ready to be everywhere, online as well in-store. Reach the masses is a strategic goal for specialized retailers. What do you think about their implication ? With this kind of services, will you reconsider to buy a 3D printers ?