Need a dozen of a specific nut or bolt?
How about a 12-point 28MM socket?
No need to take a trip to the local hardware store because you went there a month ago and bought yourself a 3-D printer.
The latest item to hit the shelves of Home Depot has the potential to solve one of biggest annoyances of do-it-yourself home repair: having to go to the hardware store in the first place.
Earlier this month, the world’s largest home improvement chain announced the start of a pilot program to sell MakerBots, described by the manufacturer as a type of professional-grade 3-D printing machine, in a dozen stores following a three-month period of online-only sales. The MakerBot printers, which range from a compact $1,375 model to a high-end $2,899 version, went on sale July 14 in Chicago and New York City-area stores, as well as Home Depot locations throughout California.
Here is MakerBot’s website. Do try not to drool.
Depending on how idiot-proof the software is, I can see myself getting one of these in a year or so.