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Hoover Partners with MakerBot to Release Exclusive Printable Vacuum Accessories

Monday, January 12, 2015
Hoover Partners with MakerBot to Release Exclusive Printable Vacuum Accessories
The iconic vacuum brand releases print on demand accessories for new cordless cleaner line
Glenwillow, OH (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 3D -printers.

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 MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com website.

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.

More information on the project can be found at Hoover.com/blog

Contact:              Marissa.Barrett@ttifloorcare.com | Hoover

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