LEGO is releasing its third official 3D printed piece. It is a pogo stick that can be held by a LEGO Minifigure. Like the pieces that came before it, a moving 3D printed toy duck and a draft machine arm, it features a mechanism that could not have been produced by another manufacturing method, an integrated spring in this case. The real news for us, though, is that the size of the batch is growing. Where the duck and draft machine arm were unique or extremely exclusive pieces, the pogo stick is still very exclusive but a little more accessible, as 500 units of it will be fabricated.
The LEGO Group partnered with Unbound, a crowd-funding book publisher to launch a book dedicated to – and crowd-founded by – LEGO fans, called: The Secret Life of LEGO Bricks. During this pilot, the LEGO team willl collect feedback from consumers, in order to continue in its long additive manufacturing journey, in the right way.
The story reported by The Brick Post clarifies that this very special and unique piece was listed as one of the pledge stages. A total of 500 LEGO pogo stick units have been created and the entire thing is 3D printed, just like the recent LEGO Duck piece, including the spring that actually functions.
The LEGO additive manufacturing team is getting larger and its role within the organization more relevant. 3dpbm is aware of at least six senior directors and managers whose role is specifically related to additive manufacturing, including DfAM and AM-specific post processing. The POGO stick in this picture is expected to have been produced by SLS in nylon 12 and probably colored via DyeMansion technology.