There’s something big happening. Bigger than the dirt clods you use to throw at your friends when you were little. That’s all you had to play with… and you loved it. Pulling dirt from the ground and chucking it through the air was the start of something. Now, the kids who use to do that, are thinking bigger, in 3D and with the ability to print your ideas… which you can then throw at your friends. Artur Tchoukanov and Joris Peels are giving kids new ways to play and new ways to create. They’ve just launched the Origo 3D Printer project and Joris is here to fill us in on the details.

The 3D Printer for Kids

There are other 3D printers. But none will be as easy to use as I will. None will be as reliable or work as hard for you. I’m not a kit or an industrial machine. I’m not complicated. I’m an appliance, like a toaster or a microwave. Only I’m purple and make your stuff.

What’s the inspiration behind Origo?
Artur wanted to create a 3D printer that was reliable, easy to use and worked out of the box. Rather than look at current printers he wanted to imagine something that kids could use within their very own homes.

Why the focus on 10 year old kids?
Adults like 3D printers, they’re amazed by these whizz bang machines. They think of them as the next gadget, this season’s RayBans or next season’s camera. Kids not so much. They’re not so amazed by them. But, they do see them as tools to use to make things. They have uses for them. This is the reason to focus on kids. Kids are also not as inhibited as adults, they’re much freer in their creative urges. They crave immediacy and creation in their making. Some adults can be makers but kids are natural makers. They want to turn their imagination and dream into a real thing. Many adults are much more inhibited, affected by the idea of “the designer” or “the brand.” We both believe in letting anyone make anything. By focusing on kids, who see 3D printers as a tool we hope to let the greatest amount of people 3D print in the long run.

You’re teaming up with 3DTin on the model creation side. Can other software be used?
Of course! But, 3Dtin is a really easy to use creation tool for kids to 3D print in. Its very intuitive and we both have seen kids make great things with the software already.

Will other formats be supported?
We’re focussing on STL and working with some tooling and software companies to support their formats.

What are the material options?
Plastics, I’m going to be totally vague on which ones.

When will the Origo printer be available?
We hope it will be available in 18 months.

What will the cost be?
We hope to be able to sell an Origo that works straight out of the box for less than $800.

And I hope it’s available sooner than that! Thanks Joris for filling us in. For more on the Origo and to read the story and process behind it’s creation, the Making of Origo is a must read.

Author

Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.