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The Doll's Revolutionary Science: Using 3D Printers To Make Dolls For Kids With Prosthetics
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Revolutionary Science: Using 3D Printers To Make Dolls For Kids With Prosthetics

All of us remember our childhood, some of us enjoyed playing games, some enjoyed reading, but one thing we all have in common is a favorite toy while growing up. Toys make up an integral part of our childhood because they give us an opportunity to play and relate. Often, we form an emotional attachment to the toys we cherish that we remember even when we are grown ups. Although various companies, such as Mantel, the producer of the popular Barbie doll, have started to diversify their offerings in terms of dolls, with their latest release focusing on Career Dolls, such as a scientist, a judge, and a news anchor, the toy industry sadly does leave out certain unrepresented groups, one being disabled children. In effort to change this, Mickey’s Mission, makes fully customizable dolls for children with prosthetic limbs, hearing aids or other differences utilizing 3D printing technology.

3D Printed Dolls from Mickey's Mission


Mickey’s Mission LLC, which was part of Target’s Gen Z incubator program, first started by customizing ready made dolls when she realized that kids with disabilities did not have a doll they could relate to and would use things such as a pencil to create a prosthetic leg in a ready made doll in an effort to make a doll like them. So, Mickey began doing doll customization service where should would customize off the shelves dolls, but as she received more requests, she decided to look into make a proper customizable doll. This is when she discovered the power of 3D printing and design. In fact the power of 3D printers have been long recognized across various segments, from automotive to jewelry design, to portable houses as powerful tools for creating a 3D reality. Mickey’s Mission is leveraging this technology, along with other 3D printing software and design tools to help children to feel included and find joy in playing with toys that they can relate to. Through this initiative, children who are facing very difficult moments in their life can find both empowerment and solace, as well as create a world where their differences cease to exist because their dolls are just like them.

This one of the examples how the sciences are revolutionizing the world we live in and making a positive contribution. In the past I have written that creativity is the most important skill for the future, which is emphasized here as it shows that harnessing the power of technology coupled with creativity can produce a world where we can make a positive difference. In this way, the sciences form one of the most exciting industries to be in.

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