Mattel’s 3D printer lets kids build their own toys

Following its ventures into virtual reality, toymaker Mattel has unveiled its very first 3D printer. Dubbed the ThingMaker, the USD$300 3D printer will allow users to design and build their own toys.

Using a companion app built in collaboration with Autodesk (available for iOS and Android), kids can design toys based on premade templates, or make their own designs from scratch. Physical parts are printed in batches, and then snapped together. The printing itself can take as little as half an hour for a small toy, to as long as eight hours for a larger item.

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