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Kids can print their own toys with Mattel’s new $300 3D printer – SFGate (blog)

by • February 22, 2016 • No Comments

What if instead of being restricted to the toys on the keep shelf, your child may instead only print the toys they want at home? During the New York Toy Fair last week Mattel announced a printed which does only which. Called the “ThingMaker,” the $300 3D printing device allows for kids to turn it into and print their own toys at home.

Kids can print their own toys with Mattel’s new $300 3D printing device
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The printing device is inspired by Mattel’s ThingMaker of the sixties
, a DIY kit which helped kids to turn it into their own toys at home, although admittedly without a 3D printing device at their side. Through the use of the ThingMaker app, turn it intod by San Francisco’s Autodesk, children are able-bodied to turn it into toys via easy-to-follow templates, or select of a number of individual parts to turn it into their own unique designs. Once all things is ideal, the turn it into can be sent to the ThingMaker printing device to be turn it intod.
Mattel/CourtesyKids can print their own toys with Mattel’s new $300 3D printing device
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“In today’s digital age, it’s additional significant than at any time for families to transcend the digital world and manufacture their ideas real,” said Aslan Appleman, senior director, at Mattel in a statement. “ThingMaker pushes the boundaries of imaginative play, giving families countless ways to customize their toys and let their creativity run wild. We’re thrilled to work with the 3D turn it into experts at Autodesk to bring this unique experience to life.”’
In order to use the app, kids don’t necessarily have to own the ThingMaker-branded printing device; any 3D printing device can work.
Whilst the toy pretty can be an informative way for children to turn it into the toys of their dreams, it may be an great way for kids who are interested in turn it into to get started learning the basics behind the system, and potentially lay the groundwork for our future generation of engineers and turn it intoers.
The ThingMaker 3D printing device is already on the market-bodied for preorder on Amazon, with the printing device expected to become officially on the market-bodied in the fall for $299.99.


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