So far, 3D printing has grown tremendously amongst private and commercial users alike. For it to really take off, however, it needs to appeal to the next generation.
As with all new technologies, its value needs to be seen across multiple age groups as it is still largely in the early adoption phase in some sectors. Most importantly, it needs to be seen as more than a tool.
To capture young hearts and minds, 3D printing has to be fun and exciting, which should hopefully lead to future innovation and widespread adoption.
Autodesk leads the way
To really get the most out of a 3D printer, equally capable design software is needed. One of the main providers of CAD programs, Autodesk, also happens to be leading the charge in promoting the technology among the next generation of enthusiasts.
It's no secret that kids love toy cars, which is why Autodesk has partnered with Mattel, manufacturers of Hot Wheels, a standard feature in any child's toy box.
The partnership will release a set of apps that will allow children to design, modify and then 3D print their own toy cars.
This initiative intends to promote interactive learning and creative potential, while introducing children to an emerging technology that will likely shape the world they grow up in.
"We're constantly inspired by the passion and creativity we see among kids around the world," said Doug Wadleigh, senior vice president and global brand general manager for Toy Box at Mattel.
"Technology is changing daily and by harnessing Mattel's expertise in play and Autodesk's expertise with creative apps and 3D printing, we're able to offer a new kind of 3D design experience, continuing the Mattel legacy of inspiring imagination and creativity."
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