Archives for the category: 3D printed toys
March 3, 2014
Faced with declining sales due to competition from digital games, Lego is among the companies looking at 3D printing as a potential fix. The Danish plastic brick manufacturer told The Financial Times that it is considering “what potential opportunities there are for consumers.” GigaOM reports.
Legos are very easy to print on home 3D printers (in fact, some people are already printing them). 3D printing also opens up the opportunity for highly customized shapes, which could expand what people are able to make. But Lego isn’t considering 3D printing bricks itself; it’s more about printing them efficiently, and currently prints about 2,000 bricks a second.
[via The FT]
December 26, 2013
Quin, a Kickstarter project, is a fashion doll that can be customized and 3D printed.
Let's say you want Quin to wear Barbie shoes. If you have a file for Quin's lower leg that matches Barbie's foot profile, you just need to print that file and replace her previous lower legs with the new Barbie-like feet. Now your Quin will be able to wear most any Barbie shoe you've previously purchased.
Other features that can be customized: hairstyles, eye styles, elbow styles, hand style and knee styles.
September 16, 2013
Disney wants to bring the magic of animation to the masses. FastCompany reports.
Before interactive apps, before CGI, and before cinema, a lot of what we'd call "animated entertainment" consisted of little hand-cranked robots. These toys, called automata, were mechanical wonders whose appeal rested on novelty: If you turn the crank, what will this lifeless hunk of wood do? The purposely exposed mechanisms--full of oddly shaped gears, threads, ratchets, and spindles--only served to heighten the intrigue.
June 30, 2013
June 6, 2013
Yoshinobu Kakumura converts and compose the flat images into 3D models. The actualization of the process comes via Shapeways, who are responsible for 3D printing the lifeless, yet alive-looking figures and delivering them to the users straight out of the oven of additive manufacturing (cost: $250).
May 23, 2013
Clone Factory, a Japanese start-up that specializes in 3D printing human faces, will print your face and put it on a doll's body, or it will capture the likeness of a cherished pet. For a a mere $1,300. The Huffington Post reports.
How does it work? As Culture Japan's Danny Choo discovered, the "cloning" process is fairly straightforward. Basically, the subject sits in a chair surrounded by digital SLR cameras and has his or her picture taken in a sequence. A digital map of the subject's head is rendered together by a technician, then printed into plaster.
January 31, 2013
Makies are amazingly poseable 10" action dolls designed by you. You choose the eyes, nose, mouth, hair, even the width of the smile and shape of the hands.
January 24, 2013
For the playthings that are unfairly granted a short run in the stores, 3-D printers can add a new chapter to their story. Toy designer Wayne Losey's ModiBots is the exact definition of this, an evolution of a toy design that had unfulfilled promise after a short-lived launch. Wired reports.
November 29, 2012
A walking, bipedal robot that can transform into a sleek street car may sound like the stuff of Hollywood fiction, but visitors to the Maker Faire in Tokyo next week will be in for a treat when they encounter the Brave Robotics Transforming Robot 7.2.
This 1:12 scale robot can walk around in the familiar shuffling gait of its humanoid counterparts, while shooting missiles from weaponised forearms.
September 7, 2012
Wholesome old toys are back in vogue, and vintage Fisher-Price Record Players are a hot item on eBay. Fred at instructables has figured out how to make new records for the original toy with a 3-D printer.
See how it's done here.
Related article - 3D print your own custom music records
April 5, 2012
Last March, hacker and professor at Carnegie Mellon Golan Levin and his former student Shawn Sims released a set of digital blueprints that a 3-D printer can use to create more than 45 plastic objects, each of which provides the missing interface between pieces from toy construction sets. Forbes reports.
They call it the MakerBot’s $1,100 Thing-O-Matic can download those files and immediately print a plastic piece that connects their Lego bricks to their Fischertechnik girders, their Krinkles to their Duplos, or half a dozen other formerly incompatible sets of modular plastic blocks, sticks and gears.
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