Printers are one of the most unloved tech tools around. Paper jams, low toner errors, and simply connecting to a printer are headaches we’ve all faced at one time or another.
So, how can we make printing fun again? With a kids 3D printer for home!
3D printing is already changing the way that we produce objects, from clothing and appliances, to tools and toys. Almost anything can be printed with these new gadgets. This is why getting an affordable 3D printer for home or school could be the coolest thing for kids to experiment with. Kids can develop skills such as moulding, sculpting, and creating a blueprint, which requires planning and creativity.
By connecting to mobiles and tablets, kids can download STL files and easily print out objects to play with, share with friends, or even sell online.
3D printers for kids encourage creativity and imagination, as well as giving them an opportunity to produce their very own 3D printed toys. With lots of new 3D printers on the market, there is something for every budget and skill level.
Here are 17 of the best 3D printers for kids.
This article was originally published in 2016 and was last updated November 2017.
Best 3D Printers for Kids
1. FlashForge 3D PrinterFlashForge 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.
2. FlashForge Inventor IIInventor II. Designed for children and beginners this 3D printer features a special automatic door sensor that pauses the print job for extra security. It uses a biodegradable material and is a great 3D printer for classrooms.
3. New Matter MOD-t 3D PrinterNew 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.
4. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0XYZprinting 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.
5. Micro 3D PrinterMicro 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.
6. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3-in-1da 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.
7. XYZprinting da Vinci miniMakerda 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.
8. ToyBox 3D Printer
While we were waiting for the ThingMaker to arrive the ToyBox printer has taken it’s place. Designed for kids, this little 3D printer is named appropriately. Simply pick a toy from the app and start printing! The toys that can be printed are already designed and sized, and developers have optimized each item for detail and speed when printing. The printer uses non toxic, biodegradable PLA material and kids can choose from over 500 toys to get started. Available for pre-order through their crowdfunding page.
9. UP mini 2 3D PrinterUP 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.
10. Robo C2 Compact Smart 3D PrinterRobo 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.
11. MakerBot Replicator Mini+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.
12. da Vinci Minida 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 suitable for kids.
13. Cube 3D PrinterCube 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.
14. Qixel 3D MakerQixels 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.
15. ThingMaker 3D Printer
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. Still no date for when this cool 3D printer for kids will be available!
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.
17. da Vinci Nano 3D Printer
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.
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