Mattel's new ThingMaker is a $300 3D printer for toys
We have been ready years for 3D printing to lastly be easy sufficient for mainstream shoppers — and now, it appears like Mattel may be the primary firm to make that occur. At NYC’s Toy Truthful this weekend, Mattel unveiled ThingMaker, a revival of its 60’s period toy maker utilizing trendy 3D printing know-how. It’s going to additionally do rather more than the unique mannequin: As an alternative of simply spitting out pretty easy Creepy Crawlers, you possibly can design complicated objects like collectible figurines, jewellery and equipment utilizing the ThingMaker Design app, which Mattel developed along with Autodesk. ThingMaker will begin delivery this fall for $300, and Mattel additionally began taking pre-orders at this time.
As an alternative of truly having youngsters prepare dinner toys like its predecessor, an clearly harmful prospect, the brand new ThingMaker spits them out identical to some other 3D printer. It even locks the printing door when it is working, and it retracts the printing head after a job, all to guard youngsters from burning themselves. In response to USA Immediately, Mattel is positioning ThingMaker for teenagers over thirteen, and it charges printed objects as protected for youngsters three and over.