Techie DIY: Custom Fisher Price Records with 3D Printing

So many of us remember Fisher Price's original record player from the 70's. I think my memories were mostly of the jealous variety - my friend had one and I didn't! Now, not only can you relive the memories with your own kids - through either vintage players or the new reissue from Basic Fun - you can even create custom records of your favorite songs. Or, purchase the Star Wars theme song online, all thanks to the powers of the new revolution in 3D printing.

First, you'll need the original Fisher Price Record Player, which is easy to find on eBay if your parents didn't keep yours! Make sure to note that the reissued player from Basic Fun is not the same old-school music box mechanism. In fact, many people (myself included) were surprised to see they switched to recorded songs and a speaker, which are activated via grooves on the records and push buttons on the player. Frankly, it doesn't work as well as the original.

Now that you've got your player, it's time to get techie. The tutorial over at Instructables definitely requires some technical know-how. However, Shapeways, a popular 3D printing website, will print songs for you. Currently they have Stairway to Heaven and the Star Wars theme song availlable, thanks to the how-to author, Fred. You can find the links in the original Instructables post. But they do custom printing as well. So, will it be Dan Zane, Laurie Berkner, or maybe some Frank Sinatra or J.S. Bach?

MORE FISHER PRICE NOSTALGIA ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
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Classic Fisher Price Toys You Can Buy Brand New
Fisher-Price's Little People Turn 50
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(Images: As linked above. Via: Fast Company)

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Mari Richards is a product designer, shiny object addict, writer, and professor. With 400+ designs and 30+ industry awards, she is a freelance designer and design blogger at SmallforBig.com. She is also a contributor at Houzz.com and LetsNeighbor.com.

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