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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Running Wild with 3-D Printing; Working With Sci-Fi Writers to Create "Holoroom"

"This is exactly what some visionaries on Rick''s board were talking about and investing in way back in the late 90s. But for all the fuss over 3-D names can''t someone out there must be able to offer them something better than LowesInnovationLabs.com/3d. and Osh.com/3Dprinting"



You might expect FedEX to get into 3p-D printing as you'd have expected Kodak to get into digital cameras... but ... Lowe’s Innovation Labs is introducing in-store and online 3D printing and scanning services at Orchard Supply Hardware and http://www.osh.com/3Dprinting to provide homeowners a simple, fun experience designing and producing unique decor items and hard-to-find replacement parts for personal expression throughout their home. 
According to AdAge, "From a virtual home-improvement simulator to a multi-lingual customer-service robot, Lowe's Innovation Labs have brought to life customer solutions that are rooted in science-fiction. Today, the retailer unveils the third project out of its labs: 3D printing. Compared to robots and "Star Trek"-inspired augmented reality, the concept is deceptively simple."
"But Lowe's is creating more than just a 3D printer, according Kyle Nel, exec director of Lowe's Innovation Labs. The retailer aims to make 3D printing and scanning easy enough for shoppers to use that they can run wild with their home-improvement ideas.

"The simple, user-friendly design kiosk breaks 3D printing down into three steps, where users can select a product, customize the design and print it in the material of their choice. It makes it very easy for the average person to be able to take something that's in their head and solve a need that they have," said Mr. Nel. "If you can take red eye out of a photo you can create pretty much anything."  MORE
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The first project to come out the Labs and science fiction-prototyping is the "Holoroom." The 20-foot- by-20-foot room allows customers to simulate renovation projects. Customers can create realistic rooms on an iPad -- stocked with anything Lowe's sells, right down to Valspar paint colors -- and then enter the Holoroom to experience a 3D version of the room. An app, paired with a printout of the room, allows customers to view and adjust their 3D creation at home, as well as share it with friends.

More info at http://www.lowesinnovationlabs.com/3d....  This is exactly what some visionaries on Rick's board were talking about and investing in way back in the late 90s. But for all the fuss over 3-D names can''t someone out there must be able to offer them something better than LowesInnovationLabs.com/3d. and Osh.com/3Dprinting"

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