Hoover is teaming up with MakerBot to give consumers the ability to create their own 3D-printed vacuum cleaner accessories. While 3D-printing technology hasn't yet been able to produce functional household appliances, these vacuum cleaner accessories -- the designs for which are freely available through 3D-printing marketplace Thingiverse -- are an important step forward.
The first pair of attachments to be offered in this manner are designed for the Air Cordless vacuum. The first attachment is designed to hold the extra lithium battery that comes with the vacuum cleaner, while the second acts as a flashlight mount.
Both attachment designers can be downloaded from Thingiverse before being printed off a 3D-printer.
Hoover isn't looking to stop here, far from it. The company says it is set to offer a new round of 3D-printable vacuum cleaner accessories and tools next spring.