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3D-Printed Toy Parts Will Finally Make Kids Love Fruits and Vegetables

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Did you know that originally Mr. Potato Head was just a box full of random body parts that kids were supposed to jab into actual potatoes? It sounds like a crazy idea, but Mr. Potato Head went on to become an incredibly popular and iconic toy—and we can only assume the creators of these Open Toys parts that let kids turn fruits and vegetables into planes and race cars are hoping for the same level of success.

Except that instead of heading down to your local toyatorium to buy a box, you'll need access to a 3D printer to make these parts since the 3D models are provided free-of-charge through MakerBot's Thingiverse. As long as your kids don't plan on selling their creations (which are just going to rot away soon anyways) they're free to download, print, and create whatever kind of produce-based toy they can imagine.


With the right pairing of parts and produce you can create some surprisingly fun-looking vehicles with the collection. And the Open Toys finally answer that nagging question that pops up every year as fall nears an end: "What am I supposed to do with all of these decorative gourds I bought?" Now you can let your kids figure that out. [MakerBot Thingiverse via Notcot]


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