When you were a kid, you had to tug mum’s sleeve so she could spare a penny and have you running off to purchase your favourite little Lego parts or small Hot Wheels cars. Prior to that, mum and you purchased little trinkets from thrift shops and flea markets. You needed daylight to do that, and while it encouraged creativity in style, it never engaged creativity in the type of toy you want to play with.
Today, Mattel gives your kid the advantage as you could own a $300 ThingMaker. It’s a basic 3D printer that lets your kids print out trinkets, small Lego parts and other types of plastic parts for their toys or for creating their own types of toys.
In the New York Toy Fair trade show, the company announced the ThingMaker in conjunction with a 3D printing application called ThingMakerDesign, working with renowned architecture software developer Autodesk.
Printing your parts can bring the toy experts, kids in particular, to next-level play and imagination.
Industrial level 3D printers aren’t too kid-friendly. But the ThingMaker has brought that into basic heights.
Mattel once introduced a semi-unsafe ThingMaker in the 1960s. This meant kids would pour liquid plastic on molds and bake them in the oven (wafting poisonous plastic) to create their figures. The new 3D printer is a guaranteed-safer product than such using PLA plastic filament in different colours.