Kids design toys and watch them being made with PieceMaker Technologies

[Carnegie Mellon University has become a haven for spin-off companies. I work with two – Birdbrain Technologies and Zulama. In this NEXTPittsburgh article you’ll discover a new, consumer direction for 3D printing – personalized toys and paraphernalia for youngsters (in age or at heart). ]


Think of Arden Rosenblatt and Alejandro Sklar as the next best thing to elves at Santa’s workshop.

Through their innovation, youngsters can design a toy on a computer then watch it being manufactured on the spot.

Pittsburgh-based PieceMaker Technologies, the company that Carnegie Mellon University classmates Rosenblatt and Sklar founded in 2013, is delivering the capabilities of 3D printing to an appreciative customer base, with a couple of industry giants on board.

On the heels of a successful local venture with Toys “R” Us Inc., PieceMaker last month announced a partnership with Nickelodeon for on-the-spot manufacture of the likenesses of such favorites as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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