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posted by mattie_p on Monday February 17 2014, @04:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the my-little-printer dept.

similar_name writes: "The prospect of children printing their own Transformers and My Little Pony toys is a step closer, after toy firm Hasbro revealed a partnership with 3D printing company 3D Systems. The two companies are working together to 'co-develop and commercialize innovative play printers and platforms later this year.'"

[Ed. Note] The first one I would print is Applejack.

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  • (Score: 1) by NovelUserName on Monday February 17 2014, @10:43PM

    by NovelUserName (768) on Monday February 17 2014, @10:43PM (#1141)

    More important than cost (I think) is the complexity. I've fooled around with 3d printers and it's hard to be creative with a 3D printer. If all you want to do is get on thingiverse, download a file and print the thing- no big deal. Creating a novel 3d digital object to print? That takes dedication and a fair understanding of computers and the mechanics of 3D printers and it will still take a few tries before you wind up with something that's not a stringy mess. For teens with the interest this is great, for small children I rather doubt it.

    And you are right, while people might quibble about what's expensive- I don't know of any printers that I think people would call cheap.


  • (Score: 1) by umafuckitt on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:00AM

    by umafuckitt (20) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:00AM (#1281)

    This is the impression I have too. TBH, although I find the idea of a 3-D printer pretty cool, I can't think of anything I actually need to print. Even at work, where I build stuff quite regularly, our staffed machine shop is going to be faster, produce better results, and not be limited to a narrow range of plastics. If I wanted to go completely DIY, I think I'd rather opt for lathe and CNC skills than purchasing a 3-D printer and screwing around with that.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:36AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:36AM (#1426)

      I like to give a toy to each woman I mean. It's a copy of my cock. Tell your mo.. oh never mind.