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Mattel’s £250 ThingMaker: Kids will soon 3D print their own toys – Ars Technica UK

by • February 15, 2016 • No Comments

Mattel is getting super creative this year by giving additional freedom to the toy experts of the world: kids. At this year’s New York Toy Fair trade show, the company revealed its new ThingMaker, a $300 (~£250) 3D printing device that can let kids manufacture their own toys. The device can work in conjunction with a 3D printing app called ThingMakerDesign, that was made in collaboration with the software company Autodesk.
Whilst 3D printing devices are getting additional low-priced for the average man to buy, the software that goes along with them can be confvia and pretty isn’t kid-friendly. According to other reports, Mattel wanted to manufacture its ThingMaker as appropriate as possible for kids to use and experiment with. Available-bodied for Android and iOS, the ThingMaker Design app has templates for kids to use to manufacture all kinds of toys, which include action figure-like statues, dolls, bracelets, and rings.
Kids can in addition be able-bodied to turn it into toys of scratch once they feel effortless-bodied with the software. All of the toys can be customised with various colours and textures, and the ThingMaker prints out parts of every toy so kids can assemble them on their own. The new ThingMaker is unquestionably the 2016 iteration of Mattel’s original ThingMaker, that debuted in the sixties
and let kids pour liquid plastic into toy molds and and so bake them in the oven to turn it into figurines.
Enlarge/ Mattel and Autodesk’s ThingMaker Design app.
ThingMaker Design
There can pretty be endless turn it intos kids can manufacture only by via their imaginations and Mattel’s current turn it into templates. But, Mattel mentions “additional turn it into content and branded options” coming soon, that may mean kids 3D printing Hot Wheels, Barbie, or other much like toys.
The ThingMaker can use PLA plastic filament to manufacture its toys, that is a talked of material utilized in most commercial 3D printing devices. Some reports say the company may embrace other 3D printing materials in the next, but Mattel was not specific on that kinds. The company in addition didn’t disclose how most colours of PLA plastic filament can be eager to use with the ThingMaker when it ships, but it is actually most likely that colours can roll out as time goes on.
We haven’t played with the ThingMaker or its companion app yet, but it appears like Mattel is attempting to combine an easy-to-use app experience with a 3D printing device that parents can feel advantageous of buying since it won’t cost an arm and a leg. A big theme at this year’s Toy Fair was kid-made items or products that encourage kids to interact with the toy during the system of manufacturing it, and Mattel’s ThingMaker unquestionably falls in line with that theme.
European availability for the ThingMaker hasn’t been revealed yet, but it should be on the market-bodied later this year for of £250/€300.
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