Toymaker Mattel comes with 3D printer and new View-Master glasses




In the fall of 2016 Mattel brings a 3D printer on the market. The Thing 3D Printer Maker will cost $ 300 and works in conjunction with an app created by Autodesk. The manufacturer is working on a new version of its View-Master-glasses based on Google’s Cardboard platform.

The 3D printer works with an app for Android and iOS that Mattel has developed in collaboration with Autodesk. This Thing Maker Design App is immediately available and works according to the manufacturer in combination with 3D printers from other manufacturers. The app will include design and allows users to design their own objects.

Specifications Thing Maker 3D printer are not yet known, but USA Today talked to the manufacturer at the New York Toy Fair and notifies the printer like many other 3D printers uses pla filament. Mattel, the coils themselves produce in different colors. The printing of a ring would cost about twenty minutes, for the manufacture of an action figure would have to be counted for about six to eight hours. The compartment of the 3D printer closes itself off during printing for safety reasons and after printing pulls the head back so that children can not touch it accidentally.

With the advent of the 3D printer Mattel blows his Thing Maker brand new life. In 1960 the first ‘thing maker came out. At that time it was a machine with molds, where plastic could be molded into. By heating the figures could be made. The system is also known as Creepy Crawlers.

Mattel says it can deliver the Thing Maker 3D Printer in the fall of 2016. According to the press release, the 3D printer from February 15 to pre-order through Amazon, but at time of writing, the device is not yet found there. The suggested retail price is $ 299.99. Or Mattel plans to release the 3D printer in Europe is unknown.

Mattel Thing Maker 3D Printer

The Mattel Toy Fair also showed a new version of its View-Master Virtual Reality Viewer. The new model will according to Gizmodo, the glasses could already try out various improvements. For example, there is a rotary wheel in order to adjust the focus of the lenses, and the housing is made firmer. The new model comes in the autumn on the market and is about $ 40 cost. 2015 brought the manufacturer together with Google on its first Cardboard platform based VR goggles off.


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