US startup Mission Street Manufacturing seeks $50k of Kickstarter crowdfunding for child-focused device
3D printers certainly aren’t toys, but one US company is preparing to launch a 3D printer for children called Printeer.
Mission Street Manufacturing is trying to raise at least $50,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to get the project off the ground, with plans to ship the first units by October this year.
The printer will have a companion app for Apple’s iPad, which children will use to create 3D designs that they can then print out. Printeer uses PLA plastic filament for the printing, which the company says is non-toxic.
“In a digital age, when technology skills are some of the most important a child can learn, is there a way to bridge the gap between the screen and the physical world?” explains Printeer’s Kickstarter pitch.
“Now there is. 3D printing is tailor-made for today’s curious, tech-savvy kids. And that’s why we’ve made Printeer.”
Mission Street Manufacturing says it is already working with schools in its native California to test its new device, with hopes of persuading more to buy units when it goes on sale. For now, parents and teachers can pay $549 to secure a device from the first production run.
This being Kickstarter, there are also options to pay more: $999 for a Printeer customised with their name and choice of colour; $1,499 for a bundle of three; and $2,999 to travel to the company’s office to build their own model.
“We aim to bring 3D printing to kids and schools across the globe. We are also committed to smart, sustainable growth,” explains the company in its pitch.
“This is why we plan to make our first production run right here in our garage, where we can maintain a tight feedback loop between engineering and manufacturing. We sleep fifty feet from our production line.”
Printeer is the first 3D printer targeted specifically at kids, although as 3D printing industry site Inside3DP points out, manufacturer 3D Systems’ Cube3 printer has been marketed as a device that’s accessible to children as well as adults.
There have been several children’s apps released in recent months that are designed to work with 3D printers, however. Blokify enables kids to design Minecraft-style objects then print them out, while Monstermatic does the same thing for monster figurines.
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