3D-Printers Hobbyists and Kids Will Love

3D-printers come in different sizes, shapes, colors and purposes, but most are for professionals in industries taking advantage of the advancement and innovations in 3D-printing technology, such as manufacturing, construction, medical, food, just to name a few.

Now, here come two 3D-printers hobbyists and children will love to tinker with right in the comfort of their homes: Mattel’s ThingMaker, and Cocoon Create 3D-printer by Winplus Australasia.

Once a toy, now it’s the real thing with Mattel’s ThingMaker. Families with children can level up their bonding moments making cute things together.

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The ThingMaker from the 1960s is making a comeback, as toymaker Mattel wants to revamp the classic device into a contemporary 3D printer. During the Toy Fair trade show, Mattel told the media that the 3D printer will be available on Amazon for a price point of $299.99, later this year. – Read more at:

The original ThingMaker toys date back to 1963 and offered die-cast molds to create dragons, bugs and flowers. By pouring a special plastic and then baking in the oven the rubber products took shape. The new process is more flexible but will likely take a little longer to print more complex designs. – Read more at:

Here is an excerpt from Mattel’s press release:
Through a previously announced collaboration with Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), ThingMaker is designed to virtually hand over the “keys to the toy factory.” The iconic ThingMaker from Mattel first debuted as the original at-home maker device in the 1960s, and has been completely reimagined for the 21st century. The ThingMaker 3D printing eco-system, combined with a little imagination, is all families need to design, create and print their own toys from start to finish.

In Australia, the Cocoon Create 3D-printer is geared to attract a variety of users.
A spokesperson from Winplus Australasia, the product developer behind the Cocoon Create 3D printer, said it is ideal for hobbyists, engineers, businesses and students from a wide variety of disciplines including art, design and engineering.[...]You can print everything from toys and figurines to custom decorations, jewellery, replacement parts, hardware and much, much more.
‘For advanced users with 3D modelling experience, the possibilities are infinite – Read more:

ALDI Supermarket will sell the 3D printer as a special buy from Wednesday, as well as the filament required to print.[...]But do not expect to be printing body parts or wearable technology. “So you can make little gadgets, toys — the quality in the components with this particular machine are not at the same level of printing body parts” University of Queensland School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering’s Dr Michael Bermingham told ABC in an interview. – Read more:

It is exciting to see how 3D-printing technology continues to make manufacturing products or objects an everyday thing not only in industries but in homes as well. Today’s generation of children are indeed fortunate to be exposed to creative technologies and tools such as these two featured home 3D-printers.

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