Mattel Thingmaker 3D Printer for Children
The Mattel Thingmaker is a 3D printer designed for children so that they can print their own toys. Mattel was supposed to launch this in 2016 but decided to refine the product and app some more before launch so the new launch date is the end of 2017.
The Mattel Thingmaker works alongside an app for Android and iOS that provides a simple interface for designing items which then allows children to print them out on the 3D Thingmaker.
It is predicted that the printer will be able to take around 24 different coloured filaments – one at a time though.
The Mattel Thingmaker is expected to retail for $300 in the US which probably also mean £299 for us in the UK although it could be lower at about £250. Although there are already some entry level 3D printers on the market for around this figure.
Some printed models can be a single colour whilst other designs may be made up of several colours and printed separately and then clicked together like in a ball and socket joint.
ThingMaker prints using spools of PLA (polylactic acid), a common biodegradable thermoplastic used by many 3D printers. It will possibly come with one or two spools of PLA, but it’s not clear what specific types of materials it will be compatible with. Mattel showed off a few types of printed samples using softer rubber-like plastics, glow-in-the-dark plastic and plastic that turns different colours in daylight.
Where can I buy a Mattel Thingmaker 3D Printer?
Expect all the large online toy retailers to stock the Mattel Thingmaker in the UK. We expect it to be a big hit and would recommend pre-ordering the Thingmaker.
When we have more information we will post it.