Saturday, February 20, 2016
Mattel is bringing its ThingMaker back as a 3D printer, and this time it's sure to become a big hit among kids'... parents.
Mattel's ThingMaker is a nifty 3D printer that comes with easy to use Android and iOS apps allowing the creating of an unlimited number of toys and other pieces. And best of all, it will cost just $299.99 - making it one of the cheapest 3D printers on the market.
The ThingMaker may be cheap but it doesn't save on the safety issues. This 3D printer is meant to be used by kids, and as such comes with things like doors that stay locked while in operation; and a retractable printer head that keeps it away when you open the door, to minimize any accidental touch.
... That being said, one has to keep in mind that back in the 60's, the original ThingMaker consisted of metal molds where you had to pour molten plastic into. Something most parents would consider to be something out of an horror film these days (including those who possibly played with that back in the day! :)