Shapeways community member and design for 3D printing specialist Cunicode has just launched Crayon Creatures, a simple way to take your child's drawing to 3D print thanks to Shapeways 3D printing, because sticking your child's drawing to the fridge is so 2011.
With Crayon Creatures all you need to do is scan or photograph your child's drawing and upload it to be converted into a 3D form, 3D printed and sent to your door. Each drawing is 3d modeled based exactly on the drawing, not wrapped around a default form so every 3D printed figure is as unique as your child's drawing.
"If there was a perfect tool to make 3D printing easier, what do you think it should be?"
The innovation in tools/technology needs to happen during the creative phase so that these kids can better express their ideas! Check out what ZeroUI is doing using a 3D Gesture interface to allow intuitive modeling. It's like finger painting in 3D! www.zeroui.com
There is nothing more important that helping a child to see early that their ideas can be made 'real'. Somehow, adding third dimension here really transforms these into living beings. I really enjoyed viewing these and I like this idea, and I think there is a market for it. Best to you!