" />

Is Lego about to embrace the Dark Side by releasing an official 3D printer? #aprilfools

Is Lego about to embrace the Dark Side by releasing an official 3D printer? #aprilfools

Lego is set to release a 3D printer by Christmas 2013, according to a press release issued by the company today. But don’t get too excited, this little baby will only let you print official Lego bricks and models.

The company says that along with the printer they will also release a selection of their 2013 range of Lego sets as downloadable files.  All official sets produced from 2014 will be available for download from the Lego Web Store. Once downloaded, the plans will let users print all the required bricks for their new sets.

As with a standard printer, Lego will release coloured ‘ink’ cartridges that will allow users to print bricks in each of the official Lego colours.

Fans have been pleading with Lego to embrace 3D printing and many users have already built 3D printers of their own using the bricks.

While no official prices have been released by the company, it’s believed that the 3D printer will cost somewhere between $200 (€150) and $500 (€400) on release. The plastic ink cartridges are expected to cost upward of $50 (€40) and will be available to purchase online or in toy stores. The cost of downloading Lego set plans will be about 10% to 15% cheaper than buying the boxed set.

Logo also says that users will be able to replace the ‘Lego’ text on each of their printed bricks with their own name. This is partially to allow for some customisation but also to distinguish the company’s official bricks from users’ printed versions.

This is a smart move by the Danish company, which many felt would struggle as 3D printers grew in popularity. However, it’s unclear if users would rather print their own Lego sets or simply buy them off the shelf.

Add to that the fact that 3D printing is currently a slow process. At one minute per standard Lego brick, users could be waiting a long time before they get to build their home-printed sets.  At this rate is would take about 20 hours to print the required bricks for the Star Wars Millennium Falcon™ Lego set.

Star Wars Lego

Star Wars Lego

Lego seems to be embracing technology this year. In January the company announced that its Mindstorms series will allow users to create and control robotic Lego sets using their iPhones.

A spokesman for Lego said, “April Fools, 2013”

View Comments (2)


  1. pdscott

    April 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    paulmwatson And they said I couldn’t write fiction! Seriously though, Lego should talk to me, I have detailed plans I *need* to show them

  2. Anitaclarita

    April 2, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    jlorenzo77 LPreve Gauyo no sé si Lego, pero en Argentina Trimaker1 lo está haciendo! emilianchamorro rodriimas

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Piers Dillon-Scott is co-editor of The Sociable and writes about stuff he finds. He likes technology, media, and using the Oxford comma (because it just makes sense).

More in Meme

How Latin America reacts to Paris attacks on social media [Memes]

Tim HinchliffeNovember 23, 2015
Google Ireland

Watch Google’s staff celebrate 10 years in Ireland

Piers Dillon ScottSeptember 12, 2013
The toilet on the International Space Station ISS

In space everyone can hear you flush the toilet

Piers Dillon ScottMay 4, 2013
Creature of the Black Lagoon

Show how nerdy you are with these retro posters

Piers Dillon ScottMarch 11, 2013
Slow road sign

Caught speeding? Blame the font used on the road sign

Piers Dillon ScottMarch 10, 2013
Chromebook running Mac OS X?

Even YouTube can’t distinguish the Samsung Chromebook with Apple’s MacBook Air

Darren McCarraMarch 3, 2013
Youtube error

Blame YouTube for getting The Harlem Shake to the top of the US Billboard Hot 100

Piers Dillon ScottFebruary 21, 2013
Tawkon cell radiation app

This retro accessory can help protect you from smartphone radiation

Piers Dillon ScottJanuary 31, 2013
#yourbigidea Super Bowl ad campaign

Rainbow shooting unicorns & the Super Bowl – bringing your #YourBigIdea to the web in 2013

Piers Dillon ScottJanuary 30, 2013