MakieLab has developed a system of creating objects using game technologies – 3D Studio Max, Unity, 3D objects – and transmogrifying them into 3D-printable toys complete with internal working joints.
Which means = we can model toys then manufacture toys, overnight.
There are some limitations to this emerging tech, like the plastic is only available in porcelain white (for now, watch this space), and it costs more to print objects in 3D than running off vinyl in the billions in China. BUT! The upsides are amazing: completely customisable toys. Toys that can be modified overnight. Toys made in Britain (ours are currently printed in London). Toys where you, the user, get to fiddle about and make something that suits you.
Our first product is MAKIES: a DIY action doll, aimed at the 14+ crowd.
Why 14+? Because 3D printed toys are pretty grown-up, have never been put through global toy safety testing, and we’re doing that as we speak. Until that’s done, MAKIES is 14+ but when it’s finished, it’ll be 3+. We also want skin colours, fun colours, and lots more accessories and awesome things to do, so that’s what we’re building. Tools to create patterns and clothes, games, achievements, many creative endeavours…
We hope you love MAKIES. We also hope you’ll help us build it into something you want: whether you’re 8 or 80, female or male, MAKIES is pretty flexible and should be able to produce the action doll you dream of.