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Home Depot experiments with 3-D printers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The 3-D printer movement got a boost months ago when Home Depot began offering 3-D printers and scanners for sale through its website.

Now the world’s largest home improvement retailer is bringing the products to shelves in select markets. Home Depot is introducing MakerBot 3-D printers and scanners in select stores in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

On the retailer’s website, a fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3-D Printer sells for $2,899. A MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is priced at $799.

MakerBot is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

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Legacy Manufacturing hires product development director

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Marion, Iowa-based Legacy Manufacturing appointed Marco Laubach as director of product development.

Laubach will oversee development of Legacy’s product initiatives in the areas of lubrication equipment, hose reels, pneumatic couplers, accessories and the company’s Flexzilla brand of extreme performance air and water hoses. He comes to Legacy with nearly 20 years of engineering experience with ITW Paslode as senior project engineer; Daniel Woodhead Company as project engineer; and most recently, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation as engineering manager.

Laubach, who holds numerous pneumatic nailer patents, brings with him strong technical leadership skills and a solid record of innovation. Legacy products are found in the agricultural, automotive, construction, industrial and home improvement markets.  

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New member for engineered wood group

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APA-The Engineered Wood Association announced that Thompson River Veneer Products, Kamloops, British Columbia, has been approved for membership by the APA Board of Trustees.

The company has been operating as a dry veneer supplier and plywood producer since 2006. It is the fourth Canadian plywood manufacturer to join APA in 2014. The transition to APA membership is effective Aug. 1.

“We are pleased to include Thompson River Veneer Products in our growing family of Canadian plywood producers,” said Ed Elias, APA president. “We’re working with them now as they transition over to APA’s quality auditing program, and we look forward to extending the full suite of APA’s services.”

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