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Disney To Use 3-D Printing As Part Of Toy Manufacture Process

Disney is stepping into the world of 3-D printing for its toy manufacturing. The firm is looking into how to improve some of its lighting features on its products, and says that it is a cheaper way of building prototypes than the traditional way of constructing the individual elements of a toy and then painstakingly putting them together. The concept looked at what it called "light pipes"—optical fibers—and tubes filled with air, both of which were made by a 3-D printer.

The entertainment giant's research arm has published a paper titled "3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for Interactive Devices," which concedes that implementing the technology is a long way away.