Printeer Brings 3D Printing to Kids and Classrooms
As awesome as 3D printing is, it hasn’t really been something that’s attainable for those who aren’t CAD whizzes or tech gurus. Now, though, thanks to Printeer, 3D printers are becoming a more widespread tool that kids, teachers and anyone with a love for design and technology will all be able to easily access and use.
Printeer is a 3D printer that attempts to connect the dots between the tech world and the hands-on world. The software runs on iPad, so it’s a generally user-friendly platform for those who are already familiar with Apple products. The makers say that the program only takes about 30 seconds to learn: Yep, you read that right — 30 seconds. Even in an age when younger generations are used to getting instant gratification, we think that sounds like a pretty quick learning curve.
Imagine, design and print — it’s really that simple. Mission Street Manufacturing advertises their product as being “easy to use, fun for people of all ages and safe for children without adult supervision.” The printer itself was designed with kids and their safety in mind, featuring a clear case that allows them to see the operations behind the machine and non-toxic plastic parts. It also requires no additional software or fancy high-tech settings to manage.
People of all ages will be able to use this 3D printer to create things such as toys to use at home and learning tools to use in classrooms. The creators see their product inspiring people both young and old, but particularly kids and educators, to see the importance and power of technology by incorporating it into daily routines.
Kids will have an entirely different experience with hands-on technology than we did. And it will involve imagination, creativity, design and production. Can you imagine how sweet it would be to think of an idea for a new toy, design it and then actually see it come to life? That sounds pretty fun and inspiring, and we’re pretty excited about it.
Printeer is crowdfunding on Kickstarter and is hoping to meet their $50,000 goal in order to begin mass-production. They’ve currently raised over $22,000 and will continue to accept pledges until July 10. If they reach their goal, Mission Street Manufacturing hopes to deliver their first production run this fall.
Do you think Printeer will help encourage tech-savvy kids? What would you make with a 3D printer? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)