Yes, you may. We encourage expanding the kids’ fantasy by allowing them to paint on the printed figurines to make this more fun and entertaining. It further grows their imagination which is critical. Any water based paints will do.
The 1kg of PLA filament is about 335 m. A small 10mm bolt from the Blocks World takes about 0,61 m. So one could print approx. 540 of these bolts using 1kg of the filament. We recommend using different colours of filaments to make it more fun for the kids (and adults too).
At the moment we only support 3D printers by FleshForge. However, we are working on integration with other 3D printers as well. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to get our Worlds for your printer in the meantime.
You need our recommended printer FlashForge Finder or Adventurer with different colour PLA filaments. Then you need to access our website in order to login (from any device as the site is responsive). Once you choose your World, you can send the files directly to the printer (Wi-Fi enabled). You can refer to our guidelines as well as videos for some more fun and support.
Each model has different geometry and so the printing time varies. Some of the elements in the Block World like a small screw for example, can take around 12 min to print because it is fairly small. A whole set of screws (25 pieces of different sizes) can take over 4 hours.
We have partnered with a team of specialists including child psychologists, occupational therapists, educators, researchers etc. The Why Toyz team aligned the developmental milestones based on the children ages and drafted guidelines as to how to interact with the different Worlds and what to focus on. Please go to our library of guidelines. These are purely recommendations including variations a parent, educator or a care-giver can consider. Each child is different and one needs to engage with a child based on his or her needs. The Why Toyz team has already prepared some fun edutainment videos your children can easily follow.
Why Toyz partnered with a world-class 3D printing company called FlashForge. The printers supported, namely the Finder as well as the Adventurer 3 have been tested and passed the assessments relevant to the key EC Council Directives (such as RoHS), Directive 2014/53/EU on the Radio Equipment, IEC Safety Standards as well as the standards of the National Regulator for Standard Specifications in South Africa. The PLA filaments have been successfully tested by Bureau Veritas and passed the relevant specifications set by the EC Council Directives (RoHS). Please contact us for more information.
All Why Toyz Worlds are designed using PLA filament. PLA is a bioplastic, compostable and non-toxic. It’s derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch, sugar cane, tapioca roots or even potato starch. This makes of PLA the most environmentally friendly solution in the domain of 3D printing and is considered safe for children when printed. Obviously, attention must be made so that kids do not put the pieces in their mouth and chew them.
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