What Would You Make With A 3-D Printer?

A new $300 3-D printer means you may be able to make your own thing-a-ma-bobs and do-hickeys from the comfort of home.

By Alain StephensFebruary 18, 2016 3:19 pm

What do these three items have in common: a gun, a pair of shoes, and a guitar?

They are items that can be made on a 3-D printer. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be much that can’t be 3-D printed these days. Over the weekend toymaker Mattel announced they would be offering a $300 3D printer they called the “Thingmaker” – which will allow your little tykes print out their very own toys.

Here to talk a little bit about 3-D printers is digital savant of the Austin American-Statesman, Omar Gallaga.

Gallaga says it seems counter-intuitive to have kids make their own toys, but the printer will be limited in what it can do.

“This is actually based on a 1960s toy called the Thingmaker that was die-cast molds that you would put stuff into, that were edible,” he says. “It was Mattel’s Easybake Oven of 3-D printer.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What kinds of materials it can “print” with and what toys kids can make

– The quality of the kinds of toys it will be able to make

– Why 3-D printing hasn’t taken off as quickly as some had first predicted