Think back to when you were a kid, dreaming about a variety of toys. It was a long waiting game for most of us, as we had to hope for some good stuff on birthdays or at Christmas, all the while tempted by commercials, magazine ads, and those rare but glorious trips to the toy store. Today, however, we all have a lot more options when it comes to getting what we want—and at a much faster clip. Children of all ages are becoming much more aware of this, not only as they too experience the instant gratification of online shopping and rapid shipping, but also as they become makers themselves.

3D printing is no longer a high-tech fantasy for the younger generations, either, as many students today (and many in some of the most rural areas and farthest corners of the world) are exposed to this progressive technology at school. We’ve reported on so many schools today, from the elementary to college level, that are not only introducing and creating 3D labs, but expanding on them. Students of all ages are making complex items that matter too, from new hardware for their own use to prosthetics for other children in need around the world; however, never underestimate the power of playing, as 3D printing also helps to create toys. And with that in mind, AstroPrint has just released a new toy app today called Toy Maker—meant to offer kids a way to 3D print their own toys, with 170 different options to choose from.

Features that make this app very attractive for kids and parents include:

  • It is free!
  • The designs are of premium quality
  • The process is very simple, requiring just a few clicks
  • Learning opportunities abound

Because the app was created by AstroPrint, users have the benefit of connecting to the AstroPrint cloud for all of the following:

  • Slicing the 3D design
  • Distributing designs
  • Getting started on 3D printing

“It’s a great way to teach children about technology and 3D printing while developing their creativity and imagination,” states Dilanka from the AstroPrint team.

Not only will your kids be engaging in learning more about how the 3D printing process works, but they learn about 3D design and the many materials available to bring innovations to life. Skipping the process of shopping in a mall or online store, you can look forward to producing toys at the desktop in your own home—and all with a support system of experienced AstroPrint designers behind you.

AstroPrint, known as one of the fastest growing platforms for desktop 3D printing, is a company we’ve followed often, and especially as of late at they have launched their own mobile app, offered new file management features, slicing options, and far more. The goal of this progressive company is quite simple: to make 3D printing simple for everyone. Don’t forget to download Toy Maker as it is released today!

What are your thoughts on this new toy app? Discuss this article and other 3D printing topics now at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts in the comments below.

[All information and images shared with 3DPrint.com directly by AstroPrint]

 

 

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