If you’ve ever wondered how to print your own toys, now you have an answer.
Tech companies are taking pre-orders on a new 3D printer called Tinkercad, which lets users assemble the toy with a 3D scanner and print out a prototype.
The printer costs $100 and is available on Amazon and other online retailers.
You need to buy a “smart kit” that includes the 3D printed parts and instructions for the printer to work, and then get a Tinkercid printer to print them.
The Tinkercads are being sold through 3D Hubs, a maker community that specializes in printing and assembling products.
The Hubs have also launched a campaign for a new printer that they hope will be the best and most affordable option.
3DHubs CEO Mark Gubic said the company had to figure out how to deliver 3D printers to its customers at scale.
“We can do it,” he said.
“That was the key for us.”
Tinkercades will be available on Kickstarter starting on Tuesday.
3DPrint.com CEO Scott Kasten, who was a former Google engineer, said the startup has been working on TinkercAD for a few months.
“If you’re an entrepreneur or an inventor, the ability to get something built in a matter of weeks is just amazing,” he told Recode.
“And it’s not even a toy.”
3Dhubs plans to print Tinkercadas using a printer with an internal laser scanner.
The scanner prints parts at a rate of about one millimeter per minute.
The parts are printed on a special plastic and can then be bent and printed as a single piece.
The idea is that you get a toy that’s durable and lightweight, with the ability for the user to print it again and again.
That way, if someone wants to build a toy with more than one of them, they can do so in the future.
The process is a lot simpler than 3D Printing, which requires the user and their printer to bring together thousands of parts.
3dHubs uses a “mesh” printing technique where parts are layered on top of each other and printed in layers.
The startup says the 3d printer should be able to print a variety of toys, including toy cars, food packaging, and even small-scale 3D-printed sculptures.
The company’s crowdfunding page has more details about the printer, including pricing.
The campaign will be running through Wednesday.
Tinkercaders will cost about $100.
The first Tinkercade prototype was built with parts from a $100 printer.
The third prototype uses parts from another printer and can print for $300.
3-DHub and 3DPrint.com have also set up a special crowdfunding page.
3DTricks founder Ryan McKeown said the process of building the Tinkercadia printer was a bit different than that of 3Dprint.com, which he said had to build the parts and then test them out.
The printing process was much easier for him because he could use a scanner instead of the laser.
3DRocks has also set a page on its site, which is designed for creators and makers to make their own Tinkercadian toys.
3DAusts founder Adam Johnson said 3DDRocks will offer the first TinkerCades to users for $250, which will go toward the startup’s funding.
He said he’s also planning to start selling Tinkercada models at his own company.
3DFiles has already started selling the TinkerCad to users.
3DExpress CEO Alex Siegel told Recune that he plans to start producing Tinkercadic toys with 3DMaker, a new startup that specializes at printing 3D models.
3DOXY is also working on its own TinkerCader printer.
3DIosco CEO James Fong said the printer is “probably going to be the cheapest,” with a price point of about $150.
“You can get a printer for $20 to $30,” he added.
Fong is also looking at getting more Tinkercados into the hands of kids and other groups.
3DLoads CEO Mike Rennie said the goal is to get a few dozen Tinkercader models into the homes of people around the world, but the company doesn’t expect to have the numbers to mass-produce a million Tinkercaden models in a year.
Renny said the price point for Tinkercaddy printers will depend on the availability of Tinkercadias in certain parts of the world.
3DKraft has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 for 3D hub, 3DDCubed, and 3DPower, a startup that’s been working to democratize 3D production.
The crowdfunding page says the company plans to sell Tinkercadalas at its stores in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Rippertech, which makes Tinkercading tools, plans to make the toys in China. Tinker