Mini Toy Dump Truck

3D printed tiny toy dump truckThis cute little toy truck was posted from user madscifi over at Thingiverse.

These are cleverly designed and can be printed out in one piece with moving wheels and an operating dump box.

Printing time is about 1 hour so if you’re printing it with your kids then you should probably plan something to do in case they get bored watching it print.  Maybe organise some mini rubble for it to move around in a mini construction site.

3D Printed Toy Truck made of pink plastic

And if you think that the truck is a little boring in black then remember that you can always print in a different colour.  Here’s a different version printed in pink by one of the users on Thingiverse:

This truck is about 4cm or 1.5″ wide so if you’re printing if for a younger child you might want to make it a little bigger so it’s a little easier for them to hold.   It’s important to remember that even though this is printed in one piece it’s not necessarily safe for a young child to play with unsupervised.

Cubify at Currys

First you need a 3D Printer

There is a huge range of printers out there and you are best off not jumping in and buying the first one that looks good to you.

Screenshot of Printer List

The website 3Ders has a good list of 3D printers ranging from basic kits that require considerable skill to construct through production ready hobby grade printers and including some high end commercial printers.

It’s very worth while having a look to see the large variety out there.   Undoubtedly this range will change over the coming months and years and I think it inevitable that the commercial units made in factories will crowd out the hobbyist kits with higher specification and lower prices.  As well as other selling feature like warranties and support.

3D printing is becoming so mainstream that printers are starting to crop up in stores as well:

Cubify at CurrysThe Cube printer available at Currys 

Up Plus 2 at MaplinThe Up Plus 2 printer at Maplin 

Don’t get too hung up waiting for the new improved model.  Their will be constant gradual improvements in the print quality  and other aspects but having a printer now will almost definitely outweigh any future possible features.  Like PCs we will have to accept that it will be quite a while before we don’t feel the need to upgrade every few years.