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

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Mattel just keeps getting better and better over time.

Taking the 1960s ThingMaker into a whole new level, Mattel had it updated using 3D printing.

Here´s how it works:

The reinvented ThingMaker is a 3D printer which works with an iOS and Android app to let children (and adults, of course) design new figurines and send them wirelessly from their phone or tablet straight to the printer.

The app comes with basic blueprints. And, the 3D printer has an array of safety features; one we found particularly useful was the automatic door locking system. It’s activated when in use to keep kids, aged 13 and up, from having any accidents.

Also, using an average 1 kg spool of plastic, the ThingMaker should be able to create 20 figurines, 30 pieces of jewelry, or 100 rings.

Mattel´s Vision:
The ThingMaker has the opportunity to connect it to a wider universe of toys, letting users 3D print new Barbie or Hot Wheels accessories.

“Click print before [you] go to bed and wake up to a brand new toy.”

The app is now available online and the printer is available on Target.com at $299 for pre-ordering. Shipment will start this fall.

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