Home Depot Shopping List: Shelving? Check. 3D Printers? Check.

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MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D desktop printer is on display at the MakeBot booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
Image: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

For those with ambitions of 3D-printing utensils, figurines or other objects for the home, Home Depot may be your next stop.

In a move that could launch 3D printing into the mainstream, Home Depot announced on Monday it will be selling 3D printers from MakerBot at various stores as part of a national pilot program.

MakerBot devices are hitting 12 Home Depot stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago, marking the first time the company will sell 3D printers at its locations.

MakerBot Home Depot

Home Depot will start selling 3D printers from MakerBot, starting on Monday.

Image: Home Depot

The stores, which will have specially designed kiosks with MakerBot staff to demo how the tech works, will sell the new MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer ($1,375), MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer ($2,899) and MakerBot PLA Filament (small spools start at $15).

Home Depot has been selling MakerBot products online for about a month as a part of a soft launch, a spokesperson confirmed.

MakerBot aims to give consumers a quick and relatively inexpensive way to produce objects, replacement parts and product prototypes in the home or office. Home Depot’s move to sell and demo the printers within stores will give the Brooklyn-based startup huge visibility and help catapult the category’s popularity.

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