3D printing has been something highly tech-savvy for ages, but it’s the field’s aim to bring the technique to the masses. In order to do so, it’s important to approach a young generation. In this light, a new project on Kickstarter is very newsworthy: ‘Printeer’ is the name of the first 3D printer targeted at kids. It’s an easy-to-use device, which can be controlled via one’s iPad with just one click.
Children have been playing with toys for decades, but with the use of 3D printing it has suddenly become a possibility for them to design their own toys. However, they need a 3D printer to make it happen, and currently 3D printers are too technical for young kids to control. For regular 3D printers from brands such as MakerBot and UltiMaker relatively difficult CAD software is required in order to create proper 3D models on a computer. Printeer does not have this disadvantage, as it can run by pressing the “print button”. Kids can design their own toys on an iPad.
“3D printing is tailor-made for today’s curious, tech-savvy kids. And that’s why we’ve made Printeer.”
The Californian company behind the printer – Mission Street Manufacturing – states: “In a digital age, when technology skills are some of the most important a child can learn, is there a way to bridge the gap between the screen and the physical world? Now there is. 3D printing is tailor-made for today’s curious, tech-savvy kids. And that’s why we’ve made Printeer.”
Despite the fact the easy-to-use printer can be used by people of all ages, they target their 3D printer at a very young group. Mission Street Manufacturing thinks the printer could potentially be a benefit to, inter alia, homes, classrooms, scouting troops, summer camps and “your next family gathering”. The company even went to local Californian school to demo their printer to young kids. The device was used during after-school programs and in-classroom demos and kids gained access to this new technology during those gatherings.
It seems like the Printeer is already a big success on Kickstarter. With still 26 days to go, the company has raised over 22,000 dollars, with a final financial goal of 50,000 dollars. Early birds were able to order their Printeer for as little as 499 dollars and get them delivered by September this year, and currently it is still possible to get a Printeer for 549 dollars by this year’s October. We cannot yet confirm what the final price of this 3D printer for kids will be, but we guess it will be priced somewhere around 600 dollars.
Credits images: Mission Street Manufacturing.