'Suppliers can get involved with 3D printing'

RPTech Works says the toy industry can benefit from "the boom of 3D printing".
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A new DIY 3D printer company says toy suppliers AND retailers can get involved with the technology.

RPTech Works, which was set up in 2011 and won the University of Warwick’s Big Idea competition this year, is launching its £1,500 Robuster model on Amazon. 

The company says its printers aren’t just for consumers who want to design and make their own toys. Retailers can sell the devices in-store and suppliers can use them to make their own prototype toys.

“We’re currently talking to some specialist retailers who have similar products already, they’re happy to have our product sold in their store,” RPTech Works director Yang Yang told ToyNews at The Gadget Show Live.

“The margin would be a realistic figure of 20 to 30 per cent. The toy industry certainly could benefit from the boom of 3D printing. The advantage of having a customised toy printed in a few hours is obvious. We currently only have limited resource for what we do, therefore machine sales and service are our main stream of business, but with this new industry expanding, I can’t see why we could not make a 3D printing service [for toy suppliers] in the future.”

Yang Yang added he believes 3D printing will affect the toy industry more in the future. 

“If digital has changed the toy industry – like 3D imaging, 3D animation and software modelling – we’re pretty sure 3D printing will change it, again,” he added.

RPTech Works: 0121 285 8999

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