This 3D Printer for Kids Brings Toy-Printing to the Home

The toy industry loves to emulate the major tech trends captivating the adult world, so it’s only natural that there’s now a 3D printer in the works for kids.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Mission Street Manufacturing has created a 3D printer marketed toward grade school children. Called the Printeer, the ins and outs of the printer can be learned in about 30 seconds, without having to know computer-aided design. Its mission is to make 3D printing accessible to kids and allow them to express themselves creatively with the help of emerging technology.

The company is currently looking for crowdfunding on its Kickstarter page, which is already halfway to its $50,000 fundraising goal. Backers who pledge $499 will be among the first to receive a printer when it ships in October 2014. Typical 3D printers cost far more (up to $2000) than the Printeer and unlike others, it uses an iPad instead of a traditional desktop setup to move along the process. … (Read more)