3D Printing is becoming hard to ignore. Users are producing anything from human ears (I’m not kidding) to titanium replacement parts. The toy industry works at a less ambitious level but still it is not immune from their effect as can be observed when visiting the Makie Labs website.
Makie Labs, a UK based toy company, is the maker of the Makie doll. Well, actually you are the maker of the Makie Doll which, if you like, can look like you; all through the magic of the Internet and 3D printing.
The dolls consist of a pose able 10 “action doll body” (I love that transgender term) that comes with a face and hands that you, the consumer, can customize to your taste through their computer screen. You can design its face, its hands, and its hair and yes, its skin color too. Once the doll has been designed, Makie Labs prints it out on their 3D printers and mails it to you.
It is the 3D element, however, that really makes this work because the cost of creating in 3D is the same for one unit as it is for a million. Makie therefore has the same cost for making one unique doll as