https://makeandplay.com is a browser-based app that allows kids, grown-ups, or anyone else to design their own real-life toys, jewelry and other 3D objects. They can order their favorites, which are then 3D printed and shipped to them.
I’ve had a lot of fun working on this and using it with my son. Check out my twitter thread from today for some background and motivation.
Well done and congrats !!!
Oh so fun! I LOVE it! My kids are going to eat this up!
Also tweeted about it from the Babylon account:
Thanks guys! Let me know if you or they build anything cool or need any help!
This is SO COOL! I love how you have the examples to follow, and how intuitive the build-by-drawing method is
Thank you! I have some cool updates in the pipeline. If nobody minds, I’ll keep posting them here as they come out.
YES! We love the updates! Keep them coming!
What a really great idea. I luv it
Will you keep this just for fun or will you be trying to push this to the next level?
You might have uncovered something here. Ever thought of trying to present this idea to a toy company?
Have a great weekend
Edit: sry, was just thinking. Did you also think of making things like puzzles or 3D puzzles?
Or other types of interactive games for young children or even adults? I believe there would be a lot to do around this idea to make it popular.
I’m glad to hear that it sounds intriguing to you! I actually do have ambitions to try to scale this up to many many kids and adults creating their own playthings (whether or not the world agrees remains to be seen ).
These playthings could well include games and puzzles, along with toys. One example I’ve played with is designing custom chess pieces, but this could obviously extend to people making pieces for their own custom games or puzzles.
Rather than talking to toy companies for the moment, I’m most interested in finding enthusiastic users (kids or grown-ups) to find out what I need to do to maximize the possible fun and creativity. Let me know if you can think of any – I’d be happy to help them get past any rough edges!
Awesome site! And an amazing idea that will allow many children to try themselves as the creator of their own toys. I think this is very useful, and as @mawa said, it really should be made popular so that as many people as possible know about this possibility. And it’s also convenient because you don’t need a 3D printer at all because you can order a toy. This is great!
I’ll show this site to my son tonight. I think he will like it.
Thanks! I’m glad it looks interesting to you. I’m very interested in hearing about your experience when you try it with your son. Please let me know if you get stuck or confused anywhere as it will help me know what to improve (there’s a Live help link in the app that takes you to a discord where I can answer questions, or just hit up firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re more comfortable with that). Good luck!