The 3-D printing craze has spawned yet another business idea: one-of-a-kind toys.
London’s MakieLab is using a room full of 3-D printers to manufacture unique dolls and other toys – something that would have been much more difficult with traditional production methods.
As Co-Founder and CEO, Alice Taylor, says, “The thought of setting up a factory I think now is pretty daunting. Whereas for us, we were like, ‘Hang on a minute. Our factory is a room full of 3-D printers. We get that. We can do that.’”
And according to Design Director, Jonathan Rowley, the ability to create several designs all at once (with minimal upfront costs) is one of the main advantages of 3-D printing. “You’re not ordering things in from China and bringing them back into the country. They can be made locally in the U.K.”
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