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If you're thinking of dropping some Benjamins on a 3D printer, you can now try before you buy at the Home Depot stores in Emeryville, East Palo Alto, and San Carlos. They're three of a dozen Home Depot locations nationwide that are stocking and demoing consumer 3D printers and scanners from MakerBot.
"We're not just plopping it on Home Depot's shelves, we have dedicated staffers to explain it," MakerBot CEO and co-founder Bre Pettis tells SFGate. "For so many people, it's new technology - still almost science fiction. One of our biggest challenges is educating people about what 3-D printing is and what they could personally do with it. Where it gets exciting is when they take their passion and connect it to a MakerBot." But before you go plotting your next project en route to picking up one of these bad boys, remember that cutting edge tech comes at a price. The MakerBot Replicator Mini costs $1,375 and the larger MakerBot Replicator is $2,899.
· MakerBot taking 3-D printers mainstream at Home Depot [SFGate]
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