Kids Company’s 3D printing pop-up shop

Children’s charity Kids Company has launched a pop-up toy shop in Soho in London which prints 3D toys for vulnerable children when members of the public make a donation by text message.

Children’s charity Kids Company has launched a pop-up toy shop in Soho in London which prints 3D toys for vulnerable children when members of the public make a donation by text message.

The shop is called Print Happiness and is on Great Windmill Street in London. It was created for Kids Company by ad agency AMV BBDO in partnership with 3D printing company Ultimaker to provide presents for vulnerable children who would otherwise receive nothing this Christmas. The window display in the shop features six 3D printers which are constantly printing the toys. If you can’t visit the store itself you can see the toys being created in the live feed below:

Two of the toys have been designed by Aardman studios, with other toy designs provided by Tado and Triclops as well as Ultimaker. The shop remains open until Wednesday December 18; to contribute to the toy production line, text ‘KIDS MONKEY’ to 70080. A charge of £5 will be applied to your next mobile phone bill, and one toy will be printed; all monies raised will go to Kids Company.

More information on Kids Company and the 3D printed toy campaign can be found online at Kids Company will be open on Christmas Day when it will provide a Christmas lunch, presents and food vouchers for over 4,000 children, young people and vulnerable adults. Additional food parcels will also be delivered to children and families in the community.

  • richard

    surprised at this. i was at a 3-D printers recently and they said they don’t make kids toys as the resins used in 3-d printing have yet to be tested thoroughly (and kids put the toys in their mouths etc..). you get a skin rash on immediate contact with the resin they use.
    don’t want to put a downer on this otherwise nobel venture. perhaps they use a much more stable resin/product.

  • Michael

    Richard – I believe that these are printed in an ABS material and not resin. Since the material is melted and extruded, there should be no difference from a material that is used to make Legos and thousands of other children’s toys. The photopolymer resin used with some printers is indeed toxic in the liquid state.

  • I assume the used material is PLA a starch/sugar based bio-compatible, non-toxic thermoplastic. Used most often on desktop 3D Printers like the Ultimaker. So, no fear. Only unknown component here are the color pigments used.

  • richard

    ah, i see. my mistake.
    apologies for raising the alarm

  • robert mcintyre

    and i can confirm also that richard actually made a very good point. but micheal is right so although there was a query on safety the products they are making are very safe to lick (all day if you want)as abs is what lego is made with confusion cleared get texting.

  • Aaron

    Absolutely correct that these aren’t using any dangerous resins that Richard was worried about that some industrial additive manufacture production machines use.
    Michael is 100% right on the safety and common use of ABS for legos and millions of other houshold products.
    However even safer yet I believe they are actually printing these with PLA which is a starch based filiment most commonly corn based. Very safe to use and non toxic.
    Both ABS and/or PLA are the material of all new desktop 3d printers and are perfectly fine for applications like this.

  • Rachael Tapping

    Having seen a 3D printer in use I can vouch for the ‘stop and stare’ phenomenon this must be causing! Clever idea, perfect for a Pop-up shop window. And I like the robot/moshi monster design of the toy, little plastic figures do get played with in our house, especially if they have names. Do these or is that a competition idea for Christmas Day?! Sponsored by…

  • Andy Clough

    All toys were CE certified. I know a my mates did it.

  • 3D tries to be part of households by creating mainstream products. However, there is a huge question mark as to what people want to do with it. For crafter, 3D printing is popular. People love to create prototype of toys and figurines without too much efforts.

  • Yes I can confirmed we CE certified all the toys from a material and form point of view. This was obviously our primary concerned and we designed the toys in a way that no small bits could come off them (hence using figurines) and material was safe.