The Biggest Drawback Of Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer

Posted: Feb 17 2016, 11:20am CST | by , in News | Technology News


The Biggest Drawback of Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer

Mattel has a red hot new toy for the Holidays 2016, but there is one big problem to be aware of.

Mattel introduced a 3D printer for kids at the Toy Fair 2016 and it is hands down the coolest toy unveiled this year. The $299.99 ThingMaker 3D lets kids design their own toys in an app and have it printed at home in an easy to use 3D printer.

There will be different plastic materials available for the printer in different colors and properties. There is even a glow in the dark material. The 3D printer materials will certainly be a cost factor. Mattel has not revealed the pricing yet for these rolls of Filament. 3D Filament for current 3D printers run for about $20 for 1kg of material.

The filament cost is though not the big problem of the ThingMaker 3D. It is time. The time it takes the ThingMaker to make things. In a hands-on video by Family Gamer TV, the ThingMaker 3D app shows a 10 hour production time for a toy figure that is comparable in complexity to a Lego Bionicle toy.

This means when kids design their toy, they have to wait until the next morning until its finished. This is only true if the toy is in a single color. If the parts are in different colors, then the filament needs to be changed for each group of parts. As a dedicated parent you can of course wake up every three hours and change the filament.

When you get a Mattel ThingMaker 3D keep in mind that the printing of toys is not instantly gratifying. It takes patience, a lot of patience. 

Watch below the informative ThingMaker 3D hands-on video from the Toy Fair 2016. The ThingMaker 3D is exclusively available for pre-order on Amazon and is scheduled to ship mid-October. Again, patience.

The Mattel ThingMaker 3D made it instantly into our Top Gadgets of 2016 List.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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