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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