Former Shapeways intern Artur Tchoukanov & co-founder Joris Peels are right now working on the worlds first 3D printer for kids.
“What if we could make it easy enough so that kids could use it?”
Only two years ago Artur thought of the idea of a 3D printer for kids and it is pretty amazing how much he has accomplished so far. He started out asking himself a few questions like: “what would a home 3D printer look like?” and “What if we could make it easy enough so that kids could use it?”. From there he made a few scenarios, worked with kids, explored the core technology to finally create a prototype at i.materialise.
Then along came 3Dtin – an online application that eliminated the 3D modeling and 3D design constraints from 3D printing. With 3Dtin anyone can design whatever they want in minutes and the results can be 3D printed.
Then Artur’s friend Joris Peels was asked to do a TEDxKids workshop and help teach a group of 56 ten year olds to 3D print. Using 3Dtin, the kids were given a short workshop and the uninhibited kids and their 3D printed results blew Joris away.
The combination of 3Dtin and Origo looks like a match made in heaven and Artur and Joris are now working together on Origo: a reliable easy to use 3D printer for kids.