Mattel's New three-D Printer Lets Your Youngsters Make Their Personal Toys

Mattel is on a mission to make three-D printing as straightforward as constructing with Legos.

At this week’s Toy Truthful 2016 in New York Metropolis, the toy-making titan revealed a brand new three-D "ThingMaker" printer that pumps out interlocking shapes of plastic that may be pieced collectively to make all types of "issues" that youngsters dream up.

The gadget works in tandem with a particular three-D printing app from Autodesk, which youngsters can use on a pill or smartphone to design their very own shapes, or they will select from pre-chosen templates and characters. The brand new toy can then be printed utilizing multi-coloured spools of thermoplastic polylactic acid.

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A press launch from Mattel described how youngsters might use the system to create gadgets similar to "dolls, robots and dinosaurs, or wearable equipment like bracelets and necklaces."

"In immediately’s digital age, it is extra essential than ever for households to transcend the digital world and make their concepts actual," stated Aslan Appleman, senior director at Mattel, within the launch. "ThingMaker pushes the boundaries of imaginative play, giving households numerous methods to customise their toys and let their creativity run wild."

For many who acknowledge the identify "ThingMaker" — it is a throwback to a well-liked Mattel toy from the Nineteen Sixties that enabled youngsters to mould their very own creations from a colourful pliable resin named "Plastigoop."

The ThingMaker design app is already obtainable for obtain, and Mattel’s printer will probably be obtainable for round $300 this fall.