3D printing is becoming a big business, and with a growing number of manufacturers making custom toys, the possibilities are limitless.
But there are also many drawbacks to the technology, and many people are struggling to find the right tools for printing custom toy parts.
We recently sat down with the inventor of the custom toy printing tool to find out how to build a fully functioning 3D printable toy that looks, feels, and prints like any other.
“This is the 3D printed toy you would get if you wanted to make a toy with your own hands,” says Matt Hynes, the creator of the popular custom toy printer, ToyBox 3D.
“You just have to print out the shape, cut it out, and it will come out of the printer.”
ToyBox 3Ds are a 3D-printable 3D modeling kit that can be used for all kinds of toys, including building blocks, toys, or even body parts.
It works with a variety of materials, and can even be used to print toys that are more realistic than the standard plastic parts that most 3D printers offer.
ToyBox is a popular toy printer for children, and there are over 3,000 3D models that are available for purchase online.
But you can find a range of other custom toy printers that can print custom parts for your favorite toys.
Hynes started ToyBox when he was 18, after he realized that he was bored with buying the usual toys for his son, but wasn’t finding them to make them his own.
“I thought I could just make them myself,” he says.
“So I made a little kit, printed it out and printed a few little parts, and got the idea to create a printer that could do 3D design.
I thought it would be really fun to create my own toy printer.”
That’s how he decided to go with the “Toy Box 3D” to print his own custom toys.
ToyBox has sold millions of 3D model kits since its inception, and its 3D prints have been used by artists like Paul Ryan and others for more than 20 years.
“The idea came from my frustration with buying expensive toys,” Hynes says.
The ToyBox design was inspired by the popular toy “Mushroom Boy,” a toy for kids that had a large mushroom shaped head that is attached to the head of a toy.
Hinksons toy printer has sold about 15 million of ToyBox’s custom parts, so the ToyBox team has developed a whole range of new features for the 3Ds.
“There are new features like a ‘Growl’ feature that lets you growl like an angry squirrel,” Hinksons says.
Hints and tips from the creator about building your own toy 3D:1.
Print out the pattern for your design.
The ToyBox tool can help you make notes on your work.2.
Use the Toy Box Maker app to make your own Toy Box 3Ds and print them out.3.
Print your custom parts from the print settings you’ve selected.
The tools will automatically pick out the best part to print.4.
You can print out different shapes for different parts.
For example, if you’re going to print a rubber butt part for a toy, you can print that part with the rubber butt instead of the head and make sure it fits.5.
If you have a lot of different parts to print, print them all at once.
If not, use the Toybox Maker app, then use the “Print Parts” menu to select a set of parts and print all of them.6.
To print a part that isn’t fully functional, print the part in different colors or print it at different scales.7.
You’ll need a 3DS camera to print with the Toy Cube app.8.
You may need to remove the plastic casing from the toy so it can print properly.
The toy printing process takes about 30 seconds and requires an iPhone or iPad to print the parts.
To use the 3ds printer, you’ll need an iPhone 4, 4s, or 5, and the ToyCube app.