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Hoover Partners with MakerBot

Monday, December 22, 2014

Now you can print your own Hoover-exclusive vacuum accessories

The world was just beginning to light up when “Boss” Hoover took a chance on a new invention in 1908. The electric suction sweeper, built from a pillowcase and a broom handle by janitor Murray Spangler in his spare time, needed an electrical source to work. It was a risky undertaking in a time when few homes featured electricity – yet it became a decision that revolutionized the way Americans cleaned.

From launching the first vacuum with a headlight to debuting a full-size cordless upright, we’ve been finding new ways to make cleaning easier ever since. Our litmus test for innovation has become “rethink cleaning.” This standard for innovation puts the onus on us to innovate in ways that are both practical and revolutionary.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a new partnership with MakerBot, the vanguard of the home 3D-printing movement. Together, we’re offering print-on-demand vacuum accessories for anyone with access to a 3D printer. The downloadable files will live on MakerBot’s Thingiverse, the world’s largest global design destination for viewing and sharing of 3D-printing digital design files.

“3D printing at home will offer unique opportunities for brands like Hoover,” says Paul Bagwell, Global Vice President of Product Development for Hoover. “We wanted to explore those opportunities early in the development of the technology. We are driven by innovation that meets consumers’ needs, and we are continually evaluating new technology that may help deliver this.”

Our pilot program begins today, with the release of two printable accessories for the new Hoover Air Cordless: A snap-on battery mount to carry the extra LithiumLife battery that comes with the Air Cordless, and a flashlight mount for the end of the extension wand, so you can light up dark corners and the floor underneath couches and chairs.

But this dream really began months ago, when a team of Hoover designers, engineers and developers embarked on a mission to rethink tools completely. With a singular directive (how can we design vacuum tools and accessories that better address consumer needs?), the group let their imaginations run wild. You’ll see more of their designs next spring, when we release another set of exclusive tools designed to complement the way you clean.

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