Play-Doh Enters The World Of 3D Printing

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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.

Play-Doh 3D printer

Of course, the machine's listed specs make sure that this machine remains firmly within the realm of fantasy for now:

  • The most economical and fun entry-level 3D printer on the market.
  • Uses Play-Doh as a print medium, so it's safe for kids and noobies.
  • Can print in up to 3 colors at once (blending them like soft serve ice cream).
  • Connects to iPad for easy designing with free iPlay-Doh 3D app.
  • iPlay-Doh 3D app also lets you share designs with others (and print their designs).
  • Build Volume: 5" cubed.
  • Power: 2 C Batteries and you (it's mostly crank powered).
  • Includes: Play-Doh 3D Printer with conveyor belt, cranks, and printing head; plastic knife; 3 2oz cans of Play-Doh; and instructions.
  • Dimensions: approx. 15.5" x 8" x 19"
  • 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.