Aug 25, 2016 | By Alec

In a few years from now, 3D printing could be so accessible and so widely used that people just go to their local hardware stores to 3D print any customization project. That is at least what Lowe’s Home Improvement is seeking to realize. They already launched their own 3D printing services through Lowe’s Innovations Labs last year, while their Chelsea, New York City location also houses 3D printing service Bespoke Designs. That latter service is now expanding its range of 3D printing options through a collaboration with metal 3D printing giant ExOne.

This latest announcement only further underlines Lowe’s commitment to 3D printing. As you might remember, Lowe’s was also involved in the Made In Space’s zero gravity 3D printing project, and you can actually order 3D printed parts made aboard the ISS through Lowe’s Innovation Labs. That same service also worked with 3D printing specialists Authentise to launch in-store and online 3D printing and scanning services in April 2015, with the goal of providing homeowners with a simple and fun design and manufacturing experience for those unique ideas and hard-to-find replacement parts.

That latter service already provided in-store plastic 3D printing (with the assistance of a store specialist) and online metal and ceramic on-demand 3D printing services that send parts directly to your home. But through this new collaboration with ExOne, a whole new design dimension is now available to customers of Lowe’s City Center in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

ExOne is a major US manufacturer of metal 3D printing machines with a market presence all over the world (gathered $40.353 million in revenues over 2015). Bespoke Designs’ home improvement and consumer product services will now be expanded with ExOne’s Binder Jetting direct metal 3D printing technology. Parts made with this new service can be ordered online or in the Chelsea store, and ExOne will manufacture the parts made-to-order. Delivery time is expected to be around two weeks.

ExOne, who has been working hard to solidify their position in the changing metal 3D printing market, are especially keen to create more awareness about 3D printing with this service. “We are very excited to collaborate with Lowe’s on this new venture, which brings the benefits of 3D printing into the home or office in a practical manner, further advancing the awareness of 3D printing capabilities,” said ExOne’s Tom Pasterik, ExOne’s Manager of Business and Process Development. “Binder Jetting technology integrates well with the Lowe’s business concept due to its ability to fulfill customizable orders in a very responsive timeframe. While remaining cost-effective, the customer receives a high quality, unique product in a timely manner.”

The ordering process is also supposedly very simple, and as easy as selecting a shape and a material, and adding desired text or designs. Perfect for introducing the technology to a whole new market segment of customers. If you’d like to get your hands on top-of-the-range metal 3D printing, check out Bespoke Designs’ website here.



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