Quin - 3D Printer Fashion Doll! Toy / Inventing Platform
Quin is the world's first fashion doll designed to be printed on your desktop 3D printer! No Supports - No Glue Required!
Ruth Handler invented the gold standard for fashion dolls: The Barbie Doll, over 50 years ago. Quin is a nod to the genre that Handler defined, while bringing the abilities of the modern era to the table...
Quin: The 3D Printable Fashion Doll, is a one-of-a-kind experience for enthusiasts of homespun 3D Printing. She's been lovingly sculpted by a professional toy sculptor and carefully crafted to print with the greatest ease possible, while maintaining the smoothest surfaces you can achieve on an FDM printer. What you're left with is doll of the highest quality that is unmatched in it's ability to be customized and replicated for very low cost.
"Customization is a key to a brighter future," says Quincy's frontal lobe.
The biggest problem with modern retail-purchased fashion dolls in our minds is that they're just too restrictive on the consumer. It's bizarre that you can go into a department store, see 12 different brands of dolls and be confined to purchasing only the brand you've purchased in the past. This is because the clothes and accessories from those previous purchases only work for the brand they come from. This is generally a symptom of odd foot or torso sizing. ...I think we've reached a point with 3D Printing and our modelling abilities where this can change, and hope that Quin will be a foundation for exploring that change. For example: Let's say you want Quin to wear Barbie shoes. If you have a file for Quin's lower leg that matches Barbie's foot profile, you just need to print that file and replace her previous lower legs with the new Barbie-like feet. Now your Quin will be able to wear most any Barbie shoe you've previously purchased.
Quin was created with the idea that she be exceedingly customizable, and circumvent the limitation of previous fashion dolls. Add into the equation that you can 3D Print Quin over and over for a fraction of the cost of a mass-market doll and you have a value that we rarely see. Be it toys, or anything else. ...The trick is creating something worth printing out multiple times.
We hope QUIN will find a home in a variety of Maker and educational communities. She's a great tool to communicate ideas through, be it sculptural, electrical, or mechanical. Natalie and I have discussed many times how cool it would be to see Quin utilized in a Raspberry Pi project. We both really hope this happens.
My experience with toy inventing have me hoping to see new fashion doll concepts communicated through a Quin base. In the past I would use a Barbie doll that had been reworked and retooled to communicate a concept. It was fun but tedious work because you were often pulling apart a name-brand Fashion Doll just to insert an invented mechanism that doesn't quite fit and then try and reconstruct a semblance of the Doll again with that new mechanism. Sounds easier than it is. ...Quin's endless customization potential can turn this process into a much less daunting task.
We want to help Makers, Inventors, and 3D Explorers do their thing Better & Faster. It's a passion of ours and one that keeps us constantly on the move.
As for the quality of our Quin: I hope our history can speak for us in that we have been creating prototypes and inventions for global toy companies for a long time (Past 10 Years). Here recently (Past 2 Years) we've also been Digitally sculpting for the highly detail scrutinizing toy industry. ...Barbie, Monster High, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and a host of others who have all given us the stamp of approval. We hope you will too
If you like Quin and the rest of the 3DK lineup, please share this Kickstarter with your community. We're a small company and are working hard to try and impress, but we need your help to take over the planet.
Risks and challenges
RISKS: This will be the first time our backer rewards have included items like the Doll Clothing, which will be outsourced. We'll traverse this landscape for the first time.
CHALLENGES: Quin is a design challenge because we have to make sure anyone can print and snap her together straight off their desktop 3-D printer bed; no support materials and no glue needed. This sort of first-time project takes a lot of exploration and discovery. Many hours have been spent in front of the Makerbot printing and testing our doll design to achieve the perfect tolerances.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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