May 26, 2014

3D printing is hot and has all kinds of potential. Beyond the hype, one of the most common applications for 3D printing is the use of the technology to make toys. To make 3D printed toys more accessible, ToyFabb team announces today the launch of the first specialized online marketplace for 3 printable toy files: toyfabb.com. Founded by Jochen Hanselmann and Alex Schmid, ToyFabb is based in Switzerland and offers full shop functionality for users and designers in both English and German language.

"3D printed toys will change the way how toys are created, used and distributed." notes the team. The idea is simple: designers can register a free account online and then publish and sell their creations to consumers. In order to protect the copyright of their work, designers can decide the buying option for customers in advance: customers can either get the STL file of 3D design or the G-Code securely streamed to their 3D-printer (once).

Consumers can purchase the 3D toy designs offered by any designers and produce them with their 3D Printers, or get them 3D printed via a 3D printing service like Shapeways, Sculpteo or i.Materialise.

Along with the launch of the online marketplace, ToyFabb has also announced a contest for hobby designers and professional designers. ToyFabb is looking for any 3D printable creations that you would like show to the world. Anyone can enter this contest and each winner of each category will receive 100 US$. The contest is open until September 30, 2014.

Co-Founder Jochen Hanselmann: "We wanted to build a platform for all the designers who are widely ignored by the industry with their exceptional creations. We think that there is a huge potential out there. And 3D printing is the ideal technology to free up this potential."

 

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