3D Printers to be Showcased in Paris Department Store


Paris department store Le BHV Marais will be offering 3D printing demonstrations and workshops from April 3 to May 28.

The store will feature MakerBot 3D printers on every floor, and they will be printing homewares, fashion, and other goods. Customers who visit the store will be able to see the 3D printers in action and have the option of participating in a 3D printing workshop.

“This is the first time such a large installation of 3D printers has been placed in a department store and also the first time 3D printing workshops have been offered on a such a long-term and public scale. It is going to be wonderful to see what is 3D printed,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.

MakerBot’s French reseller le FabShop will be offering 15 workshops, allowing hands-on 3D printing. The workshops will focus on the design and printing of 3D files. Workshop registration and fees range between 80 to 120 euros for four-hour workshops.

“With more than 30,000 visitors expected per day, and almost a million visitors over the course of the five weeks, La Fabrique du BHV Marais will be France’s largest 3D printing exhibition to date.” noted Bertier Luyt, founder and president of le FabShop. “Everyone at le FabShop is very excited about this event and is looking forward to showcasing what 3D printing is all about.”

In addition to hands-on workshops, there will also be 3D printed miniature Paris landmarks as souvenirs available for purchase. Models include the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe, and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre. Each 3D printed souvenir will be 5€.

MakerBot’s Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner will be available on-site for purchase.