3D printers

This kid-friendly 3D printer cranks out tons of toys

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This kid-friendly 3D toy printer might be the coolest gift of the holiday season, now under $330.
Score this 3D toy printer as seen on Shark Tank for less than $330 before Black Friday.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Toys make fantastic gifts, but printing unlimited toys on demand? That may just be the coolest thing anyone could ever receive. With the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle, kids and kidults alike can make their toy dreams a reality.

Ahead of Black Friday and the holiday gift-shopping craze, Cult of Mac readers can get a kid-friendly Toybox 3D printer, bundled with eight printer food colors, for only $329.97 (regularly $439). This hot deal only lasts until November 16, though.

Star Wars fan converts old iMacs to Cinema Displays [Setups]

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There's a lot to look at in SE's setup, including 3D-printed
There's a lot to look at in SE's setup, including 3D-printed Star Wars figures like a BB-8 droid on the shelf next to the Xbox.
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If you’ve got an old or damaged iMac lying around, why not make use of it? You can find plenty of guidance online to help you turn that dead weight into a version of Apple’s classic Cinema Display and use it with other Macs.

The owner of today’s setup talked about doing just that, plus using open-source software to make his old Macs run recent macOS versions.

Take $100-plus off this kid-friendly 3D printer

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Take $100+ off this kid-friendly 3D printer for Labor Day.
Give kids this easy-to-use 3D printer at under $330 for Labor Day.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Anyone who loves their kids wants to spark their creativity, but that’s easier said than done when there are distractions on every screen. But what might happen if you gave them the ability to literally create their own toys?

That’s the idea behind Toybox, the 3D printer designed to be easy enough for kids to use, and full-featured enough to keep them creating for years.

Make toys for your kids (or yourself) with this easy 3D printer

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Make toys for your kids (or yourself) with this easy 3D printer.
Take 25% off this 3D printer that's perfect for your inner child.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Has there ever been a better time to be a kid? Superheroes rule the big screens, video games are experiencing a new golden age and even so-called “educational toys” are so advanced they’re like gear out of a mad scientist’s lab. To prove our point, meet the Toybox 3D Printer.

Yes, we know that 3D printers are nothing new. But Toybox takes a completely different angle on this popular creative tool, re-imagining it as the limitless toy factory we all knew it could be.

Make new toys (and memories) with this affordable 3D printer

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Make new toys and memories with great savings on this 3D printer.
Save 25% on this 3D printer that lets kids design their own toys.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Kids (and adults) love to collect toys, but what if they could create their own? That’s precisely the point with the Toybox 3D printer deluxe bundle, which packs innovative technology into a simplified product perfect for young minds.

Wanna get your own? Our Same You, New Hobby sale is here to drop the cost of this 3D toy printer to only $349.99 (regularly $469) through January 9, no coupon needed.

Build any toy you can imagine with this Shark Tank-featured 3D printer

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The Toybox 3D Printer is our December Deal of the Day.
Put infinite toys on your desktop with our December Deal of the Day.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Our toys may become more complex as we grow up, but nobody ever quite lets their preadolescent fantasies go. And now, you can relive that childlike fascination with your own young ones with the Toybox, a kid-friendly 3D printer.

And thanks to our December Deal of the Day event, you can purchase the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle for $299.99 (regularly $349.99) until December 13, with guaranteed delivery by Christmas.

Get your child into STEM with 25% off a kid-friendly 3D printer

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This 3D printer could get your child excited about STEM.
This easy-to-use 3D printer can crank out up to 300 toys.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

You can’t buy the whole toy store, but you can pick up a toy your kids won’t get tired of — one that gets them interested in STEM and creative thinking. The Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle is that toy.

This kid-friendly 3D printer offers a massive menu of things just waiting to be created. Or, your kids can bring their own new toy creations to life. Plus, this nifty little printer is on sale for $349.99 (regularly $469) for a limited time.

Anker makes big claims with its first 3D printer

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The new AnkerMake M5 3D printer boasts speed and a smart camera to spot mistakes early.
The new AnkerMake M5 3D printer boasts speed and a smart camera to spot mistakes early.
Photo: Anker

Anker is well-known for its chargers. In fact, it calls itself “The World’s No. 1 Mobile Charging Brand.” But now the company is charging headlong into the 3D-printer business.

And with its new brand, AnkerMake, and its new 3D printer, the AnkerMake M5, the company makes big claims about beating the competition at its own game.

Should every workstation have a 3D printer? [Setups]

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The 3D printer at left helped make other parts of this computer setup.
The 3D printer at left helped make other parts of this computer setup.
Photo: RB2706@Reddit.com

You still rarely see a computer setup with a 3D printer in it. Today’s featured setup is an exception. You can see the printer against the wall on the left in the photo above.

Probably more workstations in the near future will have them. Why? Not only are they becoming more affordable, you can use them to make parts of the setup!

Let your kids print their own toys with this Shark Tank-approved 3D printer

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This 5-star rated 3D printer lets kids create their own toys.
This easy-to-use 3D printer lets kids get creative.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

A machine that prints toys: It may sound like the stuff of Roald Dahl books or movie magic, but the Toybox 3D printer is actually real. And without a doubt, it’s the coolest gift you could give the kids in your life this holiday season.

Even better, right now, you can grab the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle with a special pre-Black Friday doorbuster deal for just $319.97 (regular price $469).

Kids can design and print their own toys with this 3D printer, on sale for Memorial Day

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This 3D printer lets families design and create their own toys at home.
Photo: Toybox

With the school year drawing to a close and summer almost upon us, parents everywhere will be looking for ways to keep their kids occupied. Like it or not, some of that will revolve around technology. That isn’t a bad thing; there are many new options that will make kids and adults both happy. Outdoor movie nights are one example the whole family will enjoy. Another could be letting children use their imagination to create and print their own toys.

The Toybox 3D Printer Bundle will do just that, and for less money right now during our Memorial Day sale. It typically retails for $469, but you can pick up this awesome gift for just $299.99 with our limited-time price drop.

Budget smartwatches, smart nightlights and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Edge case adds light to your iPhone alerts.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugiPhone cases don’t have to be boring and unpractical. With Edge, you get cool LEDs that notify you of incoming alerts for any app, let you keep an eye on battery levels at a glance, and more.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have an ultra-affordable Android Wear smartwatch, the world’s smartest nightlight, the coolest e-bike ever, and a high-quality and affordable 3D printer.

$300 3D printer lets kids design and print their own toys

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What I would have given for this as a kid.
Photo: Mattel
What I would have given for this as a kid. Photo: Mattel
What I would have given for this as a kid. Photo: Mattel

It’s easy to assume that traditional kid’s toys are taking a beating due to the sky-high popularity of tablets and smartphones among the younger generation.

But toy-maker Mattel is attempting to strike back with a concept that, honestly, sounds amazing: an affordable $300 3D printer designed to let your sprogs (or, let’s be honest, immature adults everywhere) print their own toys, as designed on an accompanying mobile app.

MakerBot’s New 3D Printers Include Entry-Level Replicator Mini [CES 2014]

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We called it a “badass” product when MakerBot announced their Replicator 2X at last year’s CES, and now the company is back with three new 3D printers — including the Replicator Mini, which is being pitched as an affordable desktop unit for beginners.

“This is fifth-generation technology that’s setting the standard for reliability, quality, and connectivity,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said of the new Replicator printer. “It’s our fastest and easiest 3D printer to use.”

Pottery App Now Turns Your Virtual Creations Into The Real Deal

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Infinite Dreams has come a long way since we first discovered their virtual-pottery app, Let’s Create Pottery HD, at the App Store in 2010. They’ve since created a smash-hit tower defense game, and unveiled the first touchscreen coin-slot arcade console based off an iOS game.

Now, with the help of 3D printing, they’re turning virtual pottery into the real thing.

CES 2013: Cult Of Mac’s Pick Of The Best

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So the Consumer Electronics Show is over for another year, and for those who’ve been in Las Vegas covering it for us, it’s back to normality. While we allow the Cult of Mac team to sober up, it’s time to look back at the best gizmos CES had to offer. There were thousands of products on show — far too many to cover in one week — but there were a handful that really stood out.

We’ve put together a list of awesome things that we were blown away by, including smartphones, accessories, gadgets, and more. Check it out and tell us what you’re most looking forward to getting your hands on in 2013.