3D printers could soon be part of a child's toy box as the first 3D printer for kids has landed on Kickstarter.
Called Printeer, the child-friendly printer is designed for use with an iPad app, simplifying the process and casting out the need for a doctorate (or its educational equivalent) in Computer Aided Design.
The Printeer is fully enclosed to protect kids from its heated or moving parts, but with its clear casing and coloured parts, allows children to see how the machine works as it prints their design.
The team behind the printer – Mission Street Manufacturing – has already secured $41,064 of its $50,000 goal. And still with 22 days to go.
“Toys such as K’Nex and LEGO have been at the centre of children’s playrooms for generations. But what about now?” read a statement from the firm’s Kickstarter page.
“In a digital age, when technology skills are some of the most important a child can learn, is there a way to bridge the gap between the screen and the physical world?
“Now there is. 3D printing is tailor made for today’s curios, tech savvy kids. That’s why we’ve made Printeer.”
Until now, commercial printers have all been rather pricey, retailing at around £2,000.
However, for backers of the project, Mission Street Marketing is offering one to those who pledge $549 to the project. This comes with a fully assembled Printeer 3D printer, the latest iPad design software and a spool of filament.
Check out the Printeer Kickstarter video below: