iMakr Store @ London, UK – #3DxRetail #3DThursday #3DPrinting
[3DxRetail: This week for #3DThursday, I’ll highlight the recent explosion in desktop 3D printer brick-and-mortar retail stores — sharing a scattering of these unusual locations from all across the world. Only time will tell which particular version of this phenomena will be sustainable and hold the interest of the public. There appears to be enough interest and pioneering spirit that solving the 3DxRetail mystery could still be anyone’s game!]
While in London for a business trip, I walked and took the train for a bit to get to the iMakr store – the “World’s Largest 3D Printer Store.”
The store had opened a few weeks earlier, and even on a rainy afternoon there was foot traffic inside, browsing the wares.
The retail (upstairs) space is about half printers on display, and half printed designs available for sale. These ranged from the expected (chess sets) to the unexpected – and clearly not printed on hobbyist printers – jewelry….
…Most of the printers were not running at the time, but it could have been because it was late in the day. The staff was eager to help and I spoke to a customer who was buying an Afinia that night. The lower section of the store is for training classes.
It’s exciting to see this kind of store popping up, and I hope it does well….
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