The real fun begins when you have it connected to a 3D printer. Though the ThingMaker app works best with its namesake device, designs can be sent to a number of printers already available from MakerBot
and Dremel. You can also export the design by itself to a web browser or cloud drive. You can send all or a few of the pieces to the printer, and the app will do the rest. It's devilishly simple.
Of course, "simple" doesn't mean it's meant for children -- not little ones, anyway. The printer is really meant for teens 13 and up, and precautions are in place to prevent younger kids from hurting themselves. The door will lock when the printer is in use, and the print head retracts. The safety features plus the price tag of $300 will certainly hit a sweet spot this fall for many parents who might be looking to get into 3D printing -- especially now that they can say they're doing it for the kids.