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3D printing opportunities for kids haven't been all that prevalent yet, perhaps because it's been thought 3D printers are too complex for kids to use on their own. That's probably been misguided thinking, and a company here in America is helping to alleviate this with a new printer called Printeer. Designed by Mission Street Manufacturing, the design is intended for kids to doodle on their iPad through an Apple app that can then be translated onto the Printeer to be printed at will.
In many ways, it's going to resemble an Etch-a-Sketch, except with a digital pen. Those who grew up with Etch-a-Sketches remember how we wished we could save the things we created on them. Unfortunately, they were the equivalent of building sandcastles on the beach. Yes, all that labor and imagination was left to ultimately to be destroyed in an instant.
Now with the Printeer, kids can take ideas they once sketched on an Etch-a-Sketch and be able to print it out for posterity. And with many kids having sharp inventive minds, would they be able to invent and print out useful inventions in just one day?
Printeer for More Than Just Kids
With the Printeer designed for easy use (using simple PLA plastic filament for materials), you have to see adults wanting to use this as much as their kids. After all, when you can sketch out an idea on your iPad and print it out on the same day, that's a concept many business-minded adults wouldn't mind having. The advantage is kids aren't mired in adult activities that probably eliminate creative ideas. You can see some amazing inventions being made with Printeer from kids and not just printing toys to play with in their rooms.
Will there be a secret adult contingent buying Printeers for themselves? It wouldn't be the first time a product designed for kids ultimately became just as popular with adults.
Right now, Mission Street Manufacturing is trying to get Printeer funded on Kickstarter. With adults likely being the main contingent for the $50,000 needed in funding, adults may claim it as their own once it hits the market. All families can hope for is that they have more than one in the household so it doesn't lead to embattled share times between the kids and parents.