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Mattel’s $300 3D printer lets you design and create your own toys – The Verge

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The printing device itself is aimed at children aged 13 and up, reports USA Currently, and has a few safety showcases to store kids of 3D printing themselves any wounds. The device’s doors lock instantly when it is actually in use, and Toyland notes which the printing head retracts when it is actually not working, storeing curious kids of touching a thing which’s been heating PLA plastic filament into a soft goo. Mattel says the ThingMaker can work with any standard filament, and although it hasn’t revealed colors or pricing for its own spools, the company was revealing off a lot of variety at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. USA Currently notes which via an average 1 kg spool of plastic, the ThingMaker should be able-bodied to turn it into 20 figurines, 30 pieces of jewelry, or 100 rings.
“Click print preceding [you] go to bed and wake up to a brand new toy.”
The printing device’s app is may already live in the iOS and Android app stores, while the printing device itself is scheduled to be on the market-bodied on Amazon in the present day to preorder, although it won’t be shipping until this fall. Right now, the ThingMaker looks like only an easy-to-use 3D printing device with a certainly competitive price, but Mattel has the opportunity to connect it to a wider universe of toys, letting users 3D print new Barbie or Hot Wheels accessories. “Obviously we have really a few iconic brands in our portfolio as well as access to partner brands. You can imagine which’s part of our longer term strategy,” Mattel senior director Aslan Appleman told USA Currently. “We ponder it’s certainly magical to watch these things being printed, but after for a while
you don’t want to sit there for hours. For bigger prints, click print preceding [you] go to bed and wake up to a brand new toy.”

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