The maker of fit-together blocks and figurines is taking a good look at 3D printing, according to a story in Sunday’s Financial Times.
Carnegie Mellon Professor Golan Levin, for instance, created a set of digital models to 3D print nearly four dozen plastic pieces that did not exist, but which could connect different kinds of toy construction sets. The objects were then released as a Free Universal Construction Kit.
But it’s not just missing construction pieces, figurines or blocks. Legos are the construction tools of choice for many do-it-yourselfers, some of whom use the iconic and versatile components to build — oh, the irony! — their own 3D printer.
If 3D printing becomes common, what model of a modern company should Lego itself use? Maybe it’s the modern record company, which doesn’t actually create physical products anymore.