Mattel toys could be 3D printed next

|April 20, 2015 0
Planning a series of apps will empower consumers to imagine, design and customize their own toys, and help to make the toys real through 3D printing

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Autodesk, Inc. and Mattel have signed an agreement to power the Mattel toy line with 3D design and 3D printing technology.

The announcement shares that this joint initiative will provide a new immersive experience by combining beloved physical toys with digital adventures. An upcoming series of apps will empower consumers to imagine, design and customize their own toys, and help to make the toys real through 3D printing.

“Autodesk is dedicated to providing powerful, yet easy-to-use 3D design and 3D printing apps to unlock the creativity in everyone,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D Printing, Autodesk. “Partnering with an iconic brand like Mattel provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate how Spark, our open 3D printing platform, can help create amazing experiences that bridge the digital and physical worlds and push the boundaries of creative play.”

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The exclusive collaboration aims to bring hands-on design experiences to support an interactive learning environment through fun apps so that kids can also learn while they play; adds the company. The digital experiences also engender pride in accomplishment and tap directly into the maker trend that encourages creativity, imagination and open-ended customization, as explained further.

“We’re constantly inspired by the passion and creativity we see among kids around the world,” said Doug Wadleigh, senior vice president and global brand general manager, Toy Box, Mattel. “Technology is changing daily and by harnessing Mattel’s expertise in play and Autodesk’s expertise with creative apps and 3D printing, we’re able to offer a new kind of 3D design experience, continuing the Mattel legacy of inspiring imagination and creativity.”

The first in a series of new apps is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2015 along with a dedicated online hub for Mattel’s 3D printing initiatives. Additional details and information will be announced at a later date.

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