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Mattel brings back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids

by • February 14, 2016 • No Comments

Mattel has revealed that it is delivering back ThingMaker, its toy building kits that launched in the sixties
. But this time around ThingMaker can get a modern manufacture-over and consist of a fully functioning US$300 3D printing device turn it intod specifically for kids. Used with a companion app, this can allow young creators to turn it into and print their own toys at home.

  • The ThingMaker Design App lets users turn it into toys to print
  • Children can be able to print toys with the Mattel ThingMaker 3D printing device
  • Mattel has revealed it’s delivering back the iconic ThingMaker as a 3D printing device for children
  • The Mattel ThingMaker 3D printing device can cost US$300 when it is released later this year

The original ThingMaker let children turn it into their own toys of Creepy Crawlers to Hot Wheels cars, via die-cast metal molds, Plastigoop and an oven. But, those kits haven’t been sold for a number of years (though we can yet remember the combination of hot plastic and burnt fingers). Recently it is been 3D printing devices that once again promise to donate children the aptitude to manufacture their own endless donate of toys, which include the Bonsai Lab BS Toy, Printeer 3D, and the hand-held 3Doodler Start 3D pen.

Now toy brand Mattel is in addition getting in on the action. In collaboration with Autodesk it is making the ThingMaker 3D printing device and the ThingMaker Design App. This combo can allow users to turn it into their own toys via hundreds of preturn it intod parts and print them via a variety of filament material and color versions.

After wirelessly linking the 3D printing device to a mobile device running the ThingMaker Design App for iOS or Android, users decide whether they want to turn it into a toy figure or jewelry, with the version to print ready-turn it intod toys, or mix and match of hundreds of parts that can be popped together after printing thanks to ball and socket joints. After turn it intoing their creation, users just hustle a button to begin printing.

Features of the ThingMaker 3D printing device that manufacture it extra
suitable for children than your typical 3D printing device include it being easy to use, and having an auto-locking door. This can remain shut until your toy is at a safe temperature and the hot print head has retracted into a recess, so that it can’t burn ready little fingers.

One limitation, as with other 3D printing devices, is the time it can take to print a toy. A typical plastic figure can take 12 hours to print, so you’ll want patient children, or to print overnight when they’re asleep. In addition, while on the market models already include an array of figures which include dinosaurs, dolls, skeletons and jewelry, you can’t yet print your own Barbie, Hot Wheels or Mega Bloks. But, Mattel says extra
turn it into content which include branded versions can roll out at a later date.

The ThingMaker 3D printing device is due to be on the market later this year priced at $300. The ThingMaker Design App is on the market now and in addition works with other 3D printing devices.

Source: ThingMaker