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