3D printing is definitely making a major impact on the world in a variety of high-tech applications, but let’s not forget that the versatile technology can also be put to use for some good old-fashioned fun as well; I am, of course, talking about 3D printing toys. 3D printing can definitely be a family-friendly activity, and I also know plenty of adults, myself included, who enjoy making our own 3D printed figurines, miniatures, and action figures as well. The technology has majorly impacted the toy market, with big names such as Mattel and Warner Bros. allowing 3D printing companies to produce their toys and characters, and smaller companies are even creating new and improved ones.
Several years ago, Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) partnered with 3D printing company Launzer to make many of its most popular characters available in 3D printed form, and now it’s back at it again—the WarnerMedia Company recently announced a partnership with Oakland 3D printing toy startup ToyBox Labs so that consumers can print their own Warner Bros. toys and action figures from the comfort of their own homes.
“We are so excited to announce this partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products,” stated Toybox CEO Ben Baltes. “Toybox is the only platform to offer at home toy printing tied to a secure 3D printer. Bringing our Toybox users the world class properties from the WB catalogue is a dream for them and for us.”
Toybox co-founders Baltes and Jenn Chin raised more than $155,000 via a crowdfunding campaign a few years ago to bring their kid-friendly 3D printer prototype to life, and give people a less costly tool for 3D printing toys at home. It sounds like it’s pretty easy to use—just download the app, connect your phone and the Toybox 3D printer to WiFi, and select models from any computer connected to the internet, as well as from Toybox’s official website. Weighing in at just 6.6 lbs., with a 7 x 8 x 9 cm print volume, this compact system would fit in any home, and uses non-toxic, compostable PLA material, which it’s dubbed “Printer Food rolls” for a dash of whimsy.
“Toybox is designed from the ground up for entertainment and ease-of-use. We enable kids to 3D print their own toys by providing an intuitive interface and a rich selection of high quality toys and content,” the website states. “By giving children the ability to create their own toys on the fly, we enable them to create richer adventures and stories with their toys.”
Thanks to this new licensing agreement with the Warner Bros. studio, kids can print all sorts of cool models at home to fill up their toyboxes, instead of having to beg Mom and Dad for a ride to the store or an Amazon purchase that takes days to arrive. Toybox 3D printer users will now be able to print toys, replica props, and action figures based on iconic, beloved characters from DC Comics, Looney Tunes, Cartoon Network, Hanna-Barbera, Seinfeld, Friends, classic family movies like Elf and The Polar Express, and eventually other properties as well. In order to print the toys, you’ll need to purchase Toybox Bolts, which is an online currency specifically for use with the Toybox platform.
As part of the initial launch, available 3D printable toys will include Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman action figures featuring nine points of articulation; the Daily Planet building; the Batmobile, Bat-Signal, and Batcomputer Playset; Justice League disc launchers; and Batarangs.
(Source: Comics Beat)
You May Also Like
ICAM 2021: Keynotes on 3D Printing in Healthcare & Aerospace
At last month’s International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ICAM) 2021 in Anaheim, California, hosted by ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCOE), a wide variety of topics were covered,...
3D Printing Unicorns: Gelato Gets $240M in Funding, Expands into 3D Printing
On-demand printing platform Gelato, based in Oslo, Norway, achieved the coveted unicorn status after a new funding round. On August 16, 2021, the company announced it had raised $240 million...
US Army and Raytheon to Use 3D Systems Metal 3D Printing to Heat-Optimize Munitions
3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) has been chosen by defense contractor Raytheon and the U.S. Army’s central laboratory to help with a design optimization project. To do that, the 3D Systems’...
Raytheon Receives Funding for Aerospace 3D Printing of Optical Components
This spring, Ohio-based America Makes, the leading collaborative partner in additive technology research, discovery, and innovation for the US, announced its latest Project Call for AXIOM, or Additive for eXtreme Improvement...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.