Lowes hardware is adding in-store and online 3D printing and scanning for 3D printing. This should win them some customers since it makes it easier to do things like get a replacement part of a hard to find bolt or curtain end piece, just to name a few examples. As you might expect the in-store 3D printing options are limited right now.
There will be in-store 3D printing options at the Orchard Supply Hardware store in Mountain View, California, as well as online at Osh.com. You will be able to scan objects that you want printed, and there will be a lot of customization options as well. This sounds great and it will mean a lot of extra business for Lowes.
The 3D printing is a partnership with Authentise, a company involved in 3D printing and other related technologies. The in-store printing will be available in plastic, but if you place an order you will have options in other materials, like metal and ceramic. Those orders will be shipped.
One place that already offers 3D printing is Staples. With Lowes joing in, it will give the average person even more access to the printing technology. Pretty soon it will be even easier to get custom objects for your needs. This is great news for Lowes and their customers.