A printer designed especially for kids has just launched on Kickstarter.
Printeer, an extremely easy to use printer made by Santa Barbara-based startup Mission Street Manufacturing, launched on Kickstarter yesterday and has already raised over $12,000.
What makes Printeer so kid friendly?
Kids can draw out a design on their iPad and literally just hit print.
- Its software runs on iPad – no PC required
- No prior knowledge of CAD is necessary
- There are NO steps between design and print (file conversion? slicing? nope!)
- Its clear-shell hardware with colorful inner parts is unintimidating and lets kids see how it actually works
“We decided we should make a fun looking 3D printer that’s colorful and non-intimidating so we put a clear shell around it and then we colored all the parts so you can see which parts are holding the bearings and where the motors are, and how the gears are turning,” says Co-founder Brian Jaffe. “All this is part of making the printer fun and educational along with the great tool of being able to print your own parts.”
Is it really that different than other easy-to-use desktop printers?
Based on Mission Street Manufacturing’s claims, yes. There are a number of printers that claim to be kid-friendly, such as the recently released Cube 3 by 3D Systems. However, as far as we know, no other printer completely eliminates the various steps usually necessary between design and print. The iPad compatible software looks incredibly simple.
Also, Printeer is the first printer designed and created especially for kids. The Cube 3 is recommended for kids aged 8+ but made with adults in mind too. Printeer’s entire concept was created with only kids in mind.
“Printeer is different than other 3D printers because it was designed from the ground up with kids and K-12 education in mind,” says Jaffe. “You don’t need to know CAD, you don’t have to have a dedicated computer in order to use Printeer. All you need to do is have an iPad and wifi in your house or in your school, and you can design things and within minutes be making them yourself.”
Today’s kids, tomorrow’s engineers
Mission Street Manufacturing are hoping to acquaint kids with the technology and cement its place in future daily society. Their page states, “Printeer is for today’s kids, tomorrow’s engineers and designers.” The company hopes to bridge the gap between the screen and the physical world, and believes technology skills are of utmost importance for kids to learn.
“3D printing is one of those technologies that can transform the way we make things. What we want to do is take that technology and bring it to a whole new generation of users. For us that means kids who are inherently creative and love to make things with their own hands,” says Jaffe.
Like what they’re doing? So do we. Back them here and join them on their path to shaping life as we know it.