3D printing technology has been applied in various fields and changed the production mode of many products as it offers several benefits, including faster time to market, greater design customisation and the potential to create new business models. Of course, this includes the field of toy development. As a new type of material, the application of science and technology makes three-dimensional objects by adding materials layer by layer, and fully integrates and infiltrates information, materials, biology, control and other technologies, which has made important changes to the production mode of manufacturing industry and human lifestyle. In this article, we talk about 3D printing in the toy industry, how is 3D printing used in the toy industry and what are benefits of manufacturing toys with 3D printer.
The toy industry is one of the industries that adopted 3D printing technology earlier. In the early stage, it was mainly applied to product design links, such as assembly verification, appearance verification, product display, etc. its advantage is that it saves the time of mold development, reduces the comprehensive cost, and accelerates the speed and iteration of new product listing. With the development and deepening of the industry, the integration of toy industry and game & animation industry is becoming deeper and deeper. Personalized customization and small batch production will open another door to the toy application industry. Facing the small and diverse needs of the toy market, the needs of the toy market gradually show the characteristics of diversification, change and personalization. The on-demand 3D printing service can provide personalized and customized services, and accurately connect the needs of consumer groups and individuals. Highly customized and connected online products, innovative business model, integrated the core products and services provided by 3D printing with personalized functions, and shaped the important competitive advantage of 3D printing in the toy industry.
The most widely used 3D printing technology in the toy industry is the light curing SLA 3D printing technology, which uses photosensitive resin as raw material and relies on photopolymerization reaction for curing and molding. This technology does not produce thermal diffusion and thermal deformation. In addition, the chain reaction can be accurately controlled to ensure that the polymerization reaction does not occur outside the laser point, with high processing precision and good surface quality, It is the most widely used technology in the industrial end.
The application of 3D printing technology in the toy industry is mainly in the following aspects:
1.Shorten product development cycle: 3D printing can directly generate parts of any shape from computer graphics data without machining or any molds, thereby greatly shortening the product development cycle, increasing productivity and reducing production costs, which is extremely competitive and useful for enterprises.
2. Customization of toys is easier: toy customization or other personal customization is already very easy to achieve because of 3D printing.
3. New toy product development: 3D printing can realize some very complex structures and geometry, develop toy forms that cannot be completed by traditional manufacturing methods, and bring new vitality and profit growth to the toy industry.
4. A new toy sales model is possible: With the help of 3D printing technology, toy manufacturers can even provide 3D drawings instead of selling physical objects to customers, so that customers can print out the toys they are interested in at home. Customers can experience the fun of making them by themselves. It also reduces purchase costs; this toy sales model is more environmentally friendly due to reduced logistics and transport packaging. 3D printing just meets the future development trend of reducing carbon emissions.
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Intelligent toys have become a new development trend in the toy industry. High tech intelligent toys not only satisfy children’s curiosity, strengthen the interaction between children and toys, but also stimulate children’s thirst for knowledge. Toy enterprises “grafted” advanced technologies in the fields of computer, electronics and communication into toy products, broke through the limitations of traditional toys, gave toys the functions of “listening” and “speaking” and interacted with people. Intelligent toys have various forms, rich contents and teach for fun. They can communicate with children “emotionally”, so as to cultivate children’s good habits, learn and experience life in joy, and truly achieve the purpose of teaching for fun.