Origo – the 3D inventing machine

A toy that turns your drawings into plastic toys?! It sounds like a totally mad, totally fanciful ‘Willy Wonka’ kind of idea.

Before you get too excited, it is still a concept but the Origo, a three-dimensional ‘printer’ for kids that takes their drawings and converts them into plastic toys is well on the way to becoming a reality.

Essentially, kids draw whatever takes their fancy in a computer drawing program called 3Dtin. The drawing is transferred to the Origo printer and hey presto, out pops your design!

When I first read about Origo numerous thoughts crossed my mind. First and foremost, I’d love to see one of my son’s amazing dragon-meets-dinosaur-meets-monster kind of drawings come to life (and I’m sure he would as well). And secondly, although the Origo is aimed at kids, I think I might quite like it as well!

The story behind the development of Origo is as fascinating as the concept itself, especially the TEDxKids workshop the designers (Artur Tchoukanov and Joris Peels) ran to test their idea.

We’ll let you know when Origo hits the shelves.

(via I Heart Chaos)


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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