It feels like taking a step into the future. The purchase of 3D Printers is now available right on Greenwich Avenue with the opening of MakerBot.
"This here is our MakerBot Replicator 2, Desktop 3D Printer, right now it printing a house," says Alex Akinyemi, Retail Operator at MakerBot, Greenwich.
Previously only available to high end design firms, the 3D Printer now allows the user to be a manufacturer right from their home desktop.
"We're on our 4th generation 3D Printer, and we've really focused on making it really accessible, friendly, easy and fun to use," says Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. "The main challenge we have is letting people know they can do it. A lot of people don't think of themselves as creatives, but when you have this tool, you become a creative."
The attraction to the machine is the ability to create anything you need, from a cell phone case, to a dish drain, to a Halloween mask.
"Two guys, from different places in the world, collaborated to create prosthetic hands for kids. Normally these cost thousands of dollars, but when you have a MakerBot they cost almost $5 in materials," says Pettis.
The opening of the Greenwich store marks only the third MakerBot location in the world.