3D printers have become an integral part of our everyday lives. In addition to toys, animals and figures from the printer, it is relatively easy to upgrade pieces of furniture in the children's room or print lamps, photo frames and containers. Lego bricks and marble run are no problem, as even more useful things from the 3D printer.
Here I would like to present some toys for children, which I stumbled upon in the recent past while surfing the net. A selection of them, which can be printed well with the 3D printer, and which the kids rated as good, is now summarized on this page.
Table of contents:
- Print rail elements and extensions for Brio wooden railway yourself
- Dinosaur: Giant T-Rex from the 3D printer
Print rail elements and extensions for Brio wooden railway yourself
The collections and kits of Ikea and Brio (Ikea Brio wooden railway ) are very popular.
At thingiverse there are a lot of elements like locomotives, rails, switches, crossings, level crossings, houses and for example bridges, which you can easily print with PLA or wood-filament and a 3D-printer. I have printed rail elements in PLA (green / see picture above).
I particularly like the flexibility here. Because the structure allows the elements to be laid at up to 90 degrees, both left-right and up-down. Loosens up the shapes of the panels a little and you are not completely bound to the fixed wooden elements. This is a quick and inexpensive way to extend the child's wooden train. Fun guaranteed. 🙂
Dinosaur: Giant T-Rex from the 3D printer
Since her last visit to the Natural History Museum in Münster (Münster / Germany) and the giants of primeval times marvelled at there, our daughter has been completely in dino mode. But dinosaurs are/were also fascinating creatures. Besides various dinosaur books (book tips: The joy of reading), we now had to create our own dinosaur for the children's room! And it should be colourful! And here, as so often, the 3D printer helped over the weekend. 🙂
I found an absolutely great design of a T-Rex on the Internet and printed it out right away. Whereby just printing it out is well said, because the dinosaur consists of 19 elements which have to be printed out separately and put together. To make the whole thing even more stable and to make sure the kids can play safely, I connected all elements with a drop of heating glue in addition to the plugs (connectors). 2 of the 19 elements are the ribbed arches, which consist of 11 or 12 ribs each, which you have to attach later. This was one of the most complicated parts of the assembly, but all in all it was easy to do.
We printed with simple PLA-filament in 0.3mm thickness to speed up the 3D-printing a little bit. The whole dinosaur model can be printed in 24 hours, including breaks for filament changes etc. The actual assembling took at least another 30 minutes. Nice that in the download package beside the STL-files for the 3D printer there is also an understandable assembly instruction in PDF format.
This may look like it on the photo but it is one of the biggest I have ever printed. The T-Rex has a height of 30cm and a length of about 60cm. The part is really huge! On Reddit people have printed this dinosaur skeleton or every single part with 150-160% size! So the dino is bigger than many a child. 🙂 You can do it, but I and especially my daughter are more than happy with this dino 3D-printing. A great toy and beautiful model and eye catcher for the children's room.
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