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.