First 3-D Printing Store Opens In U.S.

MakerBot will open a 3-D printing shop on Sept. 20 in New York City. Inside, a new breed of machines prints out designs from the web. The hope: to make the hobby mainstream.
By Dave Mosher Posted 09.19.2012 at 6:20 pm

The 3-D printing world just took another big leap into the consumer market. Next stop: world domination?

MakerBot, the unofficial leader of the hobbyist 3-D printing movement, is putting the finishing touches on a consumer store located in the posh Manhattan neighborhood of NoHo.

Sure, the rare 3-D printer can be found in the corners of business service centers across the United States. But MakerBot claims their location at 298 Mulberry Street is the first one in the country dedicated to selling 3-D printers, supplies for the machines, and bespoke objects printed on-location.

If the new business proves successful, 3-D printing stands to expand from a relatively high-cost hobbyist venture into a mainstream consumer market.

“This is the first retail 3-D printing store” in the United States, said spokesperson Jenny Lawton from inside the shop. “We haven’t combed the world over, but we’re pretty sure it’s the first … of its kind.”

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