As part of their Solar Hot water System (SHSS), children will be able to play with toys like giant, spherical or watery balls.
They’ll be able enjoy the coolness of the Sun’s rays as they build the balls, but also the heat of their molten fuel.
The toy company, Makerbot, has teamed up with the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create the solar hot water, which will be delivered by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
It’s a cool concept.
When it comes to the technology of making a toy out of a giant sphere of hot liquid, MakerBot has a long and storied history.
In 2013, the company made a replica of the Apollo 11 moon landing from space.
“It was the first toy to be made with the MakerBot 3D printer,” MakerBot CEO and cofounder Mark Smith told me in 2015.
Smith has said that Makerbot has a history of working with NASA, but that the space agency is more interested in the toy company’s Solar Hot-Water System than it is with the actual product itself.
For the SHSS, Makerbots will provide the molten fuel and the balls of molten liquid for the toy, which, in turn, will be built from 3D printing.
MakerBot says the toy will be a “space station of wonder,” and the toys will come in “an array of colors, shapes and sizes” so that kids can build and play with whatever they want.
That’s important, because this is not just a toy, it’s also the coolest thing you can build from 3-D printing, according to Smith.
You could make a toy that looks like a spacecraft from space, or you could make one that is an astronaut’s replica.
You can make an astronaut replica of something from space to make sure you get that exact same look, and you’re making that same product, he said.
Even better, MakerBots is already planning on selling the solar-powered toys at the upcoming Lunar Eclipse, which is set for November 17.
MakerBot plans to be on the ground at the event, with the toy being shipped to the ISS.
This solar hot-water system will be made from liquid helium and water, according the company.
And yes, it will also come with an astronaut.
If you’re looking for more information on MakerBot, check out the company’s full press release.
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