Book of the Week: The Next Toy Sensation

By on March 26th, 2024 in book

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The Next Toy Sensation [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “The Next Toy Sensation: Designing and Creating the Next Toy Sensation” by Andrew Parry.

Toys are frequently 3D printed, and most of the time 3D models of toys are found at online repositories like Thingiverse and Printables. It’s easy for many people to simply download and print.

However, there’s another group of people that like to design their own toys — or rather, toys for their children.

That task requires CAD skills, but there’s also another skill required: conceiving of a toy that’s suitable and functional for children. That’s not exactly easy, because those are quite a different skill set.

It gets even more complex when considering the design of a toy that’s intended for sale. It’s one thing to make something for children or their friends, but quite another to design something so compelling that it would attract actual sales from people that don’t know you.

That’s where this book comes in. It’s all about the design of toys.

The book provides a walk through of the complete lifecycle undertaken to design — and market — a new toy design. It’s much more than just imagination.

The areas covered include:

  • Concepts and ideation, where ideas are generated and validated before much work is done
  • Designing and developing, where the finalized idea is refined and digitally created
  • Testing and refinement, where the physically produced toy is tested in real life to determine any issues, which can be rectified
  • Manufacturing and production, where the finalized toy is put into production and made in large quantities
  • Marketing, where the product is launched into the marketplace using advanced strategies
  • Analysis, where feedback from initial buyers is considered

As you can see, there are quite a few steps involved in making a successful toy, 3D printed or not.

If you’re an aspiring toy designer, or have some ideas for new toys, this book could provide a considerable amount of important advice.

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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