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29 Examples of 3D Printing for Play

From Toy Inventor Apps to Kid-Safe 3D Printers

— March 18, 2015 — Life-Stages
Additive manufacturing has already demonstrated its uses for creating prototypes, amazing architectural feats and consumer-ready products, but 3D printing for play is also inspiring and educating the next generation of creators. Preparing kids with the tools to create are apps like Autodesk's Tinkerplay, Modio, educational camps like the Pixel Academy and storybooks like LEO the Maker Prince that come with patterns for 3D-printed parts to enhance the storyline.

While the software side of things may be intuitive enough for kids to interact with, companies are coming out with kid-safe 3D printing machines and stations so that the risk of being burned by hot plastic is not a safety concern for parents.

Kids will definitely be fond of seeing favorite characters from Transformers, Sesame Street, My Little Pony officially licensed, making it much easier to acquire entire playsets.
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Interactive Storytelling Beads
Interactive Storytelling Beads
'Griflens' Story Beads Blend Real-Life and Online Storytelling
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Shapely 3D-Printed Speakers
Shapely 3D-Printed Speakers
Disney Research Turns Any Object into a 3D-Printed Speaker Design
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3D-Printed Virtual Weapons
3D-Printed Virtual Weapons
This 3D-Printed Infinity Blade is a Faithful Reproduction
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3D-Printed Feline Figurines
3D-Printed Feline Figurines
These 3D-Printed Hello Kitty Prints Are Adorable
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Augmented Toy Apps
Augmented Toy Apps
LEGO X Adds a High-Tech Element to Building Block Play
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3D Printing Camps
3D Printing Camps
The Pixel Academy Teaches 3D Printing for Kids
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Soft 3D-Printed Plushies
Soft 3D-Printed Plushies
These Experiements with 3D Printed Toys Could Revolutionize Production
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3D-Printed Barbie Armor (UPDATE)
3D-Printed Barbie Armor (UPDATE)
The Faire Play Battle Set by Jim Rodda is Made Up of Three Suits
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3D-Printed Puppet Toys
3D-Printed Puppet Toys
MakerBot Now Offers a Printable 3D Toy of Sesame Street's 'Snuffy'
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3D-Printed Monster Toys
3D-Printed Monster Toys
Makerbot's Sesame Street 3D Printed Line Lets Fans Print Own Figurines
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Cute Computer-Animated Eyeballs
Cute Computer-Animated Eyeballs
These Interactive Toys Could Change the Future
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3D-Printed Castle Toys
3D-Printed Castle Toys
Engineer Mariano Gros Baneres Recreates Elsa's Frozen Castle
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Curved Modular Building Toys
Curved Modular Building Toys
The IKOS Modular Building Toys Make Amazing Spherical Forms
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Playful Food Attachments
Playful Food Attachments
Le Fabshop's Open Toys Turns Fruits & Veggies into Incredible Machines
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Toy-Creating Kiosks
Toy-Creating Kiosks
PieceMaker's 3D Printing Booth Dispenses Tiny Customized Toys
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Tactile Children's Books
Tactile Children's Books
This 3D Printed Book Project Helps Young Blind Kids Read Earlier
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Kid-Safe 3D Printers
Kid-Safe 3D Printers
Bonsai Labs' 3D Printer for Kids Operates at a Lower Temperature
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DIY 3D-Printed Toys
DIY 3D-Printed Toys
The Hasbro My Little Pony Collection is Open for Customization
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Toy Inventor Apps
Toy Inventor Apps
Make Toys with Autodesk's 3D-Printing Tinkerplay App
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3D-Printed Dolls
3D-Printed Dolls
The Makies Have Cross the Pond into the United States of America
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3D Printing Toy Apps
3D Printing Toy Apps
Modio Enables Children to Design and Create Their Own Custom Action Figures
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Quirky 3D-Printed Toys
Quirky 3D-Printed Toys
Makerbot's Official Uglydolls Toys Make Unconventional Action Figures
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DIY Robot Toys
DIY Robot Toys
Hasbro Adds 3D Printed Transformers to Shapeway's SuperFanArt Category
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Demonstrative 3D-Printing Storybooks
Demonstrative 3D-Printing Storybooks
'LEO the Maker Prince' Explains & Shows 3D-Printing to Kids
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Kid-Friendly 3D Printers
Kid-Friendly 3D Printers
These Mainstream 3D Printers Will Give Your Tiny Tots Creative Reign
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Space Simulation Figurines
Space Simulation Figurines
This 3D Printed Model of Jebediah Kerman Includes Jeb's Signature Smile
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Personalized Toy Soldiers
Personalized Toy Soldiers
Be Your Own Souvenir Project Uses 3D Printing for Customized Trinkets
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Teddy Puzzle Toys
Teddy Puzzle Toys
Ozobear Challenges Kids with Twisting 3D-Printed Blocks
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3D-Printed Selfies
3D-Printed Selfies
Using 3D Printing Technology, Shapify Lets You Print Yourself
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