3D printers, once expensive curiosities, are now a mass-market commodity — and with their affordable price points comes a move into the world of children’s toy making. $400 3D printers from startups New Matter, Printrbot and XYZPrinting targeted towards children stand poised to upend toys as we know them, while Mattel will attempt to join the trend with a $300 printer coming this fall and their Thingmaker Design app. It’s a brave new world for playtime. Wall Street Journal columnist Geoffrey Fowler reviewed New Matter, Printrbot, and XYZPrinting’s offerings in a recent column.
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