Toy manufacturer Mattel wants to turn kids into toymakers by providing them with a 3D printer.
The affordable Thingmaker 3D ($US300) comes with an app that helps kids create all sorts of toys, from figurines to jewellery. The app operates the printer.
This is actually a piece of software that lets kids or parents render new toys straight from their tablet or smartphone
The app works off iOS and Android and potentially, it allows little kids to create their own toys.
It comes with blueprints for things like skeletons, scorpions, rings, necklaces, and more.
It allows children to print toys in different colours and to customise them.
Kids will also be able to print parts that can be put together to form larger creations, like for example dolls, robots, dinosaurs, scorpions, skeletons, bracelets or necklaces.
Mattel worked with software company Autodesk to create the app. And the beauty of that is that the software, because it’s outsourced to autodesk, can work with other 3D printers too, apart from the ThingMaker 3D.
Printing the toy can take anywhere from 30 minutes for a small item. For big toys, it’s an overnight job of say 6 to 8 hours.