Mattel and Autodesk have now jointly announced an easy-to-use 3D printing eco-system for families – ThingMaker Design App and the ThingMaker 3D Printer.
The ThingMaker eco-system is Mattel’s answer for at-home creative play and is designed to virtually hand over the “keys to the toy factory.”
Autodesk helped Mattel with development of the ThingMaker Design app to expand the Mattel toy line. Using the app – which is available now for free for download on iOS and Android devices – users can browse through easy-to-follow templates or build their own creations from hundreds of parts.
ThingMaker Design is an app that allows users to design and customise characters, scary creatures or jewellery and accessories digitally with the option to 3D print for their families. A vast library of interchangeable and customisable parts makes it engaging for a variety of users. Once 3D printed, these parts can be snapped together to create the design in real life.
The joint announcement builds on the previously announced collaboration between Mattel and Autodesk (2015), and is the first in a series of experiences from the two companies that will be rolled out in the coming years.
When the masterpiece is ready for creation, designs get sent right to the ThingMaker 3D Printer – available in the fall in US at an expected SRP of US$299.99 – or other printers to print parts in batches for easy assembly via ball and socket joints.