with MakerBot to Release Exclusive Printable Vacuum Accessories
The iconic vacuum
brand releases print on demand accessories for new cordless cleaner line
(December 19, 2014)
– Hoover has announced today that it will be the first
vacuum brand to offer print-on-demand accessories for consumers with access to
In a partnership with MakerBot, leader in the desktop 3D
printing industry, Hoover will be releasing printable accessories for its new
line of cordless vacuums built on the LithiumLife battery platform on
MakerBot’s website Thingiverse, the world’s largest global design destination
for viewing, sharing and 3D printing digital design files.
“This new innovative technology is a great fit for our
progressive new cordless cleaners,“ said Global vice president of Product
Development Paul Bagwell. “Offering exclusive print-on-demand tools and
accessories allows Hoover to address narrower consumer needs that might not
justify whole-scale manufacturing. 3D printing allows us to be more nimble and
respond to consumer accessory and customization needs quicker than typical
manufacturing processes might allow.”
The pilot program will begin with the release of two 3D printable
accessories for the new Hoover Air Cordless; both available for download on
Both tools are designed to address needs for owners of the
full-size cordless vacuum: A snap-on battery mount to carry the extra LithiumLife
battery that comes with the Air Cordless. And a clip to add a flashlight to the
end of the extension wand to light up dark corners and the floor underneath couches and chairs.
The two tools are also paired with a two historical models
of classic Hoover cleaners to illustrate how the 100-year-old brand sits at the
crossroads of history and modern innovation.
Hoover will follow the initial accessory release with
another set of exclusive tools to coincide with the launch of their Hoover Air
Cordless Lift in spring of 2015.