PieceMaker's 3D Printing Booth Dispenses Tiny Customized Toys

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jan 28, 2015
References: piecemaker & tctmagazine
While there's fun and an element of surprise in something like a gachapon machine that dispenses a toy in exchange for some loose change, this 3D printing booth lets kids personalize small trinkets.

Noticing that 3D printing companies were becoming a dime a dozen, PieceMaker Technologies developed a booth that makes additive manufacturing easy in-store. The booths are equipped with over 150 products that can be printed by kids on the spot, after they have added custom details like a name or a message to the design. This way, kids are transformed from consumers into creators as they become an active part of the design process. Since the toys are all quite small, it doesn't take long for the 3D printers to produce them instantly. PieceMaker's booths have been installed in two toy stores in Pennsylvania and reportedly, the kiosk has been noted as "the most profitable product category per square foot."

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