Mattel brings back ThingMaker as a 3D printer

Photo: MattelIf 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

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as of August 25, 2017 5:32 am

Features

  • 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
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