But 3D printing doesn’t just have to be used for large-scale projects by industry professionals. In fact, Toybox Labs, a recent startup, have created a small, portable 3D printer that kids and parents can use to create toys at home.
So if you can’t get to the toy shop for a friend’s birthday, how about printing them something?
The Toybox printer links to your smartphone, where you can choose from a variety of items to print, as well as importing or drawing your own designs on the Toybox app.
Items include cars, figurines, and a ‘disk launcher’, with new items added every week. The possibilities are endless!
In addition to being quick and easy, the material used in the printer is completely biodegradable. The plastic PLA (polylactic acid) filament is made from renewable and natural raw materials such as corn.