Category Archives: Toys

How 3D printing could save consumers millions in toys and games

According to a new study, 3D printing is already impacting the toys and games market which – by 2020 – is “projected to be [worth] US$135 billion.” By 3D printing free object designs from MyMiniFactory, the research evaluated the quality and cost in comparison to similar consumer products. The researchers used an FDM 3D printer […]

Mattel enters the 3D printing space

Hewlett Packard whipped up a storm when it announced its entry to the 3D printer market, but Mattel’s entry into the maker space with its consumer grade ThingMaker could be even bigger news. Mattel is one of the biggest names in toy manufacturing. It is responsible for Barbie, Hot Wheels, WWE action figures and more. So it’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of this move. A bold move to embrace the market The likes of Mattel could have been forgiven for railing against 3D printing and attempting to turn back the tide of progress. Instead this can only be seen as an attempt to embrace the home model market. Will they let people print their own versions of Mattel’s stars at home? In the end, almost certainly yes. A solid printer at a solid price The company unveiled the $300 printer at the New York Toy Fair trade show and it looks like a well thought out machine that works through an app it developed in partnership with Autodesk. ThingMaker Design includes a vast array of templates and tutorials. Mattel wants the kids to learn to design from the ground up and this could be a great way for children to get started with 3D printing. If it encourages brand loyalty right through their formative years, Mattel will take that in a flash. The idea is for children to […]

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Blast Off with Full-Color 3D Printed Spacecraft from Elite Dangerous

By Tyler Koslow

3D printing is helping to take your favorite game-based props and characters off of the screen and into your hand. 3D print merchandisers like the France-based FabZat have placed a primary focus on customized 3D printed content from video games like Minecraft and World of Warcraft. Even game developers themselves are getting involved in the 3D printing hype, G21’s XMODULE racing game recently announced that their in-game cars would be offered in the form of custom 3D prints.
The Cobra
Now, video game developer Frontier Developments and 3D printing merchandiser Eucl3D are collaborating to offer 3D printed spaceships from the game Elite Dangerous, a space adventure and combat simulator accurately based in the Milky Way galaxy and available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.…

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Winning with Printing: 3D Hubs Launches Star Wars 3D Design and Print Competition

By Tyler Koslow

From 3D printed figurines to the controversial cross-guarded lightsaber from The Force Awakens, Star Wars and 3D printing technology go together like Han Solo and Chewy. Props and figures from the Star Wars films have flooded 3D printing marketplaces, and now, 3D Hubs is hosting the Star Wars 3D Design and Print Competition, a challenge to see who can design the “best 3D printable Star Wars props” in the galaxy. This isn’t just a challenge to see who the biggest Star Wars fan is, 3D Hubs is on the look for an innovative and fresh design of a never-before-seen 3D printable Star Wars gadget.…

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3D Hubs Celebrates 20 Years of Pokémon with Low Poly Collection

By Tyler Koslow

At my youthful age of 25, I remember when all of the Pokémon hype was just beginning like it was yesterday. You know, back when there was only a total of 50 mystical creatures, kids carried their trading cards around as if they were a part of their body, and Pikachu became the new mascot for an entire generation. When I stumbled across the Low-Poly Squirtle 3D model, created by Flowalistik on Thingiverse just last week, I received a rush of nostalgia and just had to print it out.…

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Blokko Pops Comic Book Characters from the Page with 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

Started by Rahul Thayyalmkandy and Prad Lal back in 2014, the 3D market platform Blokko has been working to take illustrative comics and stories off of the paper and onto the 3D print bed, in the form of 3D printed toys. We covered their journey last year, and saw their unique platform in action with a 12.5 cm tall figure from the Untold Tales of Bigfoot. Since then, Blokko has gone on to expand upon and enhance their community of storytellers and 3D designers, creating a unique platform that to me, resembles a mixture of a 3D marketplace, a 3D printing service provider, and Kickstarter.…

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Czech Pilot Launches Library for 3D Printed R/C Airplanes

By Michael Molitch-Hou

One niche market that has been heavily affected by the advent of low-cost desktop 3D printing is that of hobbyist modeling.  A natural fit for hobbyists, 3D printing gives model makers the ability to, not just assemble and paint their projects, but to produce the basic parts from the start.  In turn, not only have we see the technology adopted for simple CAD kits, but for R/C models, too. Now, a company called 3DLabPrint has flown into this niche with its own line of 3D printable R/C aircraft.…

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