The Play-Doh playsets of my childhood were kind of like 3D printers. You would put the Play-Doh into the machine, turn a crank, and shapes would come out. It's this very same idea that has inspired Think Geek's latest fake, but I wish it was real, April Fools' product.
Think Geek revealed the Play-Doh 3D printer today alongside other great April Fools' day products like a Creeper Body Pillow and an Aliens Chestburster-in-a-Can. What sets the Play-Doh 3D printer apart, however, is that it could be a truly educational device for children if it were ever made a reality.
Of course, the machine's listed specs make sure that this machine remains firmly within the realm of fantasy for now:
Even if it's fake, it shows that 3D printers are becoming more mainstream. It won't be long before we start seeing real 3D printers that are marketed towards children. To get them ready, you can start taking your kids to MakerBot's 3D printing workshops that are specifically geared towards children.