If you are old enough to have owned a Mattel “Creepy Crawlers”, aka ThingMaker, you will remember the wonder of seeing liquid Plastigoop turn into an actual rubber bug, a process that took place right before your eyes. It is a feeling many of us recognize from our first 3D printer experience as well. Now, Mattel has apparently recognized that connection and is bringing back ThingMaker as a family-friendly 3D printer.
Mattel has collaborated with Autodesk on the new device, set to retail at $299.99. It will support PLA filament and include safety features like an automatically locking door during the printing process. There will also be a ThingMaker app where users will be able to design and customize parts. The company has expressed a desire to make the product open to makers and has alluded to a ThingMaker Ecosystem for sharing of designs.
Full story at USA Today.
UPDATE: ThingMaker now available for pre-order from Amazon.
ThingMaker 3D Printer
- Have fun creating and playing with figures that you made yourself; Right at home
- Design with the ThingMaker Design app, available for free in the Apple App store and Google Play (available now!)
- Print from the cloud - send your designs straight from a tablet or web browser
- Safety features include a Retracting Print Head, Automated Door Lock, and Integrated Filament System
- Choose from a variety of templates