Mattel just unveiled its $300 3 D printer, the ‘ThingMaker’ which allows children to print their own toys and play things at home.
The device was unveiled at the New York’s Toy Fair trade show, it works in conjunction with a 3D printing app developed in collaboration with Autodesk that offers a simple interface for designing items that can then come to life via Mattel’s ThingMaker as well as with other standard 3D printers already on the market.
This ThingMaker can be considered a far cry technologically from its not so modern 1960s' predecessor, also known as Creepy Crawlers.
ThingMaker lets kids design their own toys within a matter of hours. Also, ThingMaker keeps things family-friendly, it has a simple app for designing toys and a safety-focused construction to avoid any mishap.
For kids’ safety, the printer’s door will automatically lock while letting kids watch the entire process through the clear window on the front. Mattel says, the device is designed for users ages 13 and up.
Its fast, easy to navigate and ridiculously intuitive. The app includes a variety of built-in character templates and easy-to-use tutorials that help novices get started.
Kids can customise their designs with different colors and textures. The best part is you can bend and twist the created characters in the app to get a feel for how they will look and work after they are printed. You can save these creations as images to the mobile device’s camera roll, upload it to Google Drive or Dropbox.
Mattel says its ThingMaker 3D will use a hard PLA filament, but also hasn’t yet announced the colors that will be available.
This Thing Maker printer is indubitably pushing the boundaries of imaginative play giving families countless ways to customize their toys and let their creativity run wild.