In the latest project to come out of the home improvement store's innovation labs, Lowe's Orchard Supply Hardware store in Mountain View, California, on Wednesday will debut 3-D printing and scanning services that let shoppers customize their home accents and fixtures.
With the help of one of three 3-D printing specialists, shoppers will be able to choose the color, shape and materials to build door handles, cabinet knobs and other products that match their home's aesthetic, either at the Mountain View store or on Osh.com.
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In what Lowe's calls a first for a retail store, visitors to the California shop can also scan out-of-production antiques, or even fragments of a broken object that can be pieced back together, to create 3-D models for printing.
The project is being done in partnership with Authentise, a 3-D printing company based in Mountain View.
"This is specifically designed not for the 3-D printer enthusiast," said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe's Innovation Labs. "[We] wanted a full service that would allow regular folks to take an idea they had in their head and customize objects in an easy way."
Although 3-D printers have been around for about 30 years, most people have never even seen one, let alone used one, Nel said. That's because the technology is cumbersome to operate, and it can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to buy a printer.
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The barrier to entry drops substantially through Orchard Supply's solution, Nel said. Though prices vary depending on the size of the object printed and the material used, projects printed in basic plastic can range between $5 and $20. These costs predictably rise if shoppers choose pricier materials such as stainless steel, titanium or gold.
Timing also varies based on the complexity of the project, Nel said, adding that a simple plastic project could be completed in as little as five hours.
The test is expected to run for about six months. So far there are no plans to expand the service to other Orchard Supply or Lowe's stores, but depending on customer reaction, a larger rollout could happen down the road, Nel said.