What happens when a toy breaks? Your son or your daughter cries a little maybe, or maybe a lot, gets mad at you (it has to be SOMEBODY’S fault) and a lot of the time, that broken toy then goes into the trash.
Now there’s a happier ending to that toy story for kids AND toys: just fire up your 3D-printer and print a replacement part.
That’s the idea behind Toy Rescue where they are posting the digital files to make all sorts of parts, for all sorts of toys.
So let’s say Mr. Potato Head’s arm goes missing, or Furby loses an ear, or somebody accidentally sits on Barbie and oops, broken leg. You can print a new one.
Or maybe your Batmobile loses a wheel, your Millennium Falcon takes a direct hit to the cockpit, or your Jurassic Park Jungle Explorer Ford pops its hood, permanently. Just print a replacement.
Using Toy Rescue is just about that simple too: Find your toy and part (they have hundreds), download the file, pop some filament in your 3D-printer and let the healing begin.
And as it happens, usually you can print your replacement parts from the same plastic used to make the original toy. Most often, that’s going to be ABS or PBT plastic both used to make toys and to make the filament for 3D-printers. ABS is made from the petrochemicals ethylene, propylene, butadiene and benzene. PET is polyethylene terephthalate, which is made from the petrochemicals butylene and xylene. And all petrochemicals are made from natural gas or oil.
The downloads are free too, thanks to Dagoma, a French company that makes 3D printers, and that created Toy Rescue.
So if you need a little Rx for a plastic toy in your house, Toy Rescue might just have the prescription for you.