Mattel's New 3-D Printer Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys - NBC New York

2016 Toy Fair: Mattel Reveals DIY 3-D Toy Printer



    Mattel's New 3-D Printer Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys
    In this Sept. 29, 2015, photo, Barbie Fashionista Dolls from Mattel are displayed at the TTPM Holiday Showcase in New York. The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in over a decade. Richard Dickson, Mattel’s president and chief operating officer, told investors that he’s seeing “a lot of positive momentum” coming from its two biggest brands _ Barbie and Fisher-Price. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    At this week's Toy Fair 2016 in New York City, the Mattel revealed a new 3-D "ThingMaker" printer that pumps out interlocking shapes of plastic that can be pieced together to make all sorts of "things" that kids dream up, NBC News reported.

    The device works in tandem with a special 3-D printing app from Autodesk, which kids can use on a tablet or smartphone to design their own shapes, or they can choose from pre-selected templates and characters. 

    In a press release, the toy-making titan described how kids could use the device to create items such as "dolls, robots and dinosaurs, or wearable accessories like bracelets and necklaces."