PieceMaker Technologies, an AlphaLab Gear startup company, has developed a way to make toy shopping more interactive and more fun.
PieceMaker Technologies has created a 3D printer kiosk that will allow toy retailers to create a “factory-in-a-store” experience, allowing customers to create 3D printed products.
The idea behind the technology is to allow customers to print toys and gifts at a low price, in less than 20 minutes. The retailers that choose to host a kiosk system in their stores will be bringing the “factory” experience to their customers – directly in their stores, allowing customers to choose what they want and customize it.
The process is fairly simple. The customer can choose a pre-tested design model from an interactive touch screen kiosk, customize the design to their personal preference by adding colors or even a message, and have it 3D printed. In less than 20 minutes, the customer will be able to walk out of the store with the 3D printed item.
PieceMaker’s website states that the kiosk will help retailers customize and personalize existing product lines, or to expand into other relevant popular area. This would allow stores to offer more product variety. The kiosk will allow retailers to offer a wider range of products for customers, all of which will be available at the touch of a button.
Arden Rosenblatt, CEO of PieceMaker, said they are planning to trial the print station in April, but they are currently pre-selling the printer and software online for $1299.