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.