3D printers for kids help form their creativity and imagination as well as gives them an opportunity to produce their very own 3D printed toys. 3D printing is already changing the way that we produce objects from clothing and appliances to tools and toys. This is why getting affordable 3D printers for home or school could be the coolest thing for kids to experiment with. Children can develop skills such as molding, sculpting, and creating a blueprint, which requires planning and creativity. Here are 16 of the best 3D printers for kids in 2017.
The FlashForge 3D Printer is another amazing 3D printer that creates almost anything from a small elephant to a more complex figurine such as head statues. The printer offers WIFI, USB, and smart phone integration to control and create numerous designs and projects. More Info at: FlashForge
The New Matter MOC-t 3D printer is one of the most elegant 3D printers for kids on the market. Kids can start printing within 20 minutes of set up, with no assembly required, and its wireless capability makes printing from any device a breeze. The printer comes with a clear cover allowing kids to see the printing process while keeping their fingers safe from moving parts. One to keep in the living room to show off your kid’s 3D printing creations.
The XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer is one of the more affordable 3D printers for home and school. The printer has a very easy to configure interface and would be a great starter printer for anyone who wanted to get into 3D printing.
The XYZprinting da Vinci miniMaker is a safe kids 3D printer that uses non-heated PLA filament to create projects. A lightweight 3D printer, just 18lbs in weight, makes it easy to transport and share with other kids. With over 5000+ 3D models available to download, including everything from toys to educational items, there is something for every kid looking to create and innovate using 3D printing. The printer comes with access to an online course made for STEM learning; kids and teachers can make learning fun by bringing 3D printing into the classroom.
For parents and teachers who are searching for in-built HEPA air filtration in their 3D printer at a cost effective price, the UP mini 2 is the way to go. The 3D printer is easy to carry and lightweight, and unlike some of the other 3D printers, has an LCD touch screen control. Bonus parts include a tool box and a spool holder. With wireless capabilities and a sleek design, this is a great addition to any kids home.
Looking to build bigger and more impressive 3D projects? The MakerBot Replicator Mini+ is the 3D printer for you. Kids can use their phones and MakerBot software to wirelessly create 3D projects, and the printer is cloud enabled making synching and saving designs uncomplicated. This 3D printer is on the pricey end of the scale, but for design quality and ease of set up, this is a good option for classrooms and more advanced kid designers.
Another option in the da Vinci line of 3D printers for kids, is the colourful and compact da Vinci Mini. Kids can connect wirelessly to the 3D printer using a tablet or laptop, removing any danger of cables being pulled or tripped over. Objects are printed using non-toxic PLA filament swiftly and easily using a single button print design. 3D modelling software is included, as well as access to 5000+ downloadable 3D models. Da Vinci also make a 3D pen, featured on the best 3D pens for kids list.
Some 3D printers offer more than just creating objects, letting kids go even further with their innovations. The da Vinci Jr 1.0 3-in-1 not only prints 3D objects, but also works as a scanner and laser engraver. The engraver allows kids to etch on wood, leather or cardboard, and the scanner captures 3D images in just 7 minutes. This 3D printer for kids is a great option for schools or more advanced 3D printing fans.
The Cube 3D printer has a very simple interface which makes it fun and very practical to use. This efficient 3D printer has a WIFI connection, USB interface, and allows smart phone/tablet designing.
The Micro 3d printer is another easy-to-use 3D printer for home. You can access multiple downloadable models that allow you to create high quality projects at efficient time rates. It also comes with an online application that is suitable for most smart phones, tablet and iPads. The M3D is also a popular choice for schools, featured on our 3D printers for schools list.
The Magicube 3D Desktop Printer is perfect to use in classrooms. The printer was designed to appeal to students with it’s slick looking Rubik’s Cube type look and has software applicable for tablets, iPads, and smart phones. More Info at: sinounic
Another option for kids looking to get into 3D printing and design, is the cheap and cheerful Qixels 3D Maker. Qixels are small cubes that fuse together with a spray of water, and kids can make multi-coloured plastic objects quickly and easily. The Qixel 3D Maker helps kids build their design layer by layer, similar to 3D printing. This is a great budget option for any young kid interested in design and 3D printing without the expense of buying a full kids 3D printer.
The Robo C2 is a stylish modern 3D printer that looks great in any home or classroom. A large LCD screen makes it easy to control and configure, and a fast print speed lets kids create 3D printing projects quickly. The printer connects wirelessly to your phone, and with access to the Robo app, kids can access a library with thousands of 3D models.
Mattel, the well-known children’s brand is dipping its toe into the 3D printer space with the ThingMaker 3D Printer. Kids can print their own toys in batches using hard PLA filament, which are then assembled using ball and socket joints that snap together. A child friendly designer app ThingMaker Design, will be available in the AppStore, with plenty of templates and tutorials to help get kids started. Although not available until Fall 2017, this 3D printer for kids could be the toy all kids want for Christmas 2017.
Geared towards creative kids, the Yeehaw 3D printer for kids has been a runaway success on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. Kids will be able to design their own toys on the Yeehaw app, and wirelessly connect their phone to the printer to create their designs. Safety is key with these 3D printers for kids with a 360 degree capsule design, door sensors and eco-friendly filament. One to watch out for this Christmas.
A new version in the da Vinci line of 3D printers, available at the end of 2017, is the da Vinci Nano. Pitched as a plug and play budget 3D printer, it will have auto calibration and levelling as standard. A good choice for the 3D printer curious, one of the main features is a one push printing process. Perfect for kids of all ages looking to get into 3D printing.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.