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McDonalds could use 3D printers in-store to make Happy Meals toys

McDonalds' Happy Meals could be made in-store from 3D printers in the future
By: Anthony Garreffa | Posted: Nov 8, 2013 12:30 pm

One day in the future, you'll walk into your local McDonalds and pick your son or daughter a Happy Meal, the person serving you will ask you which one, and you'll be able to watch it made, in-store, thanks to a 3D printer.




This is the latest news coming from the burger corporation's UK IT director, Mark Fabes, who said he was looking into the potential application of 3D printing for producing toys for Happy Meals. We might not see this for quite sometime, as Fabes was only talking on a panel on emerging technologies at a Fujitsu customer event in Munich. Right now, there's no concrete plans for 3D printed Happy Meal toys, with Fabes telling El Reg: "it's just a thought."


One of the hurdles would be the plastic smelting machines being an appropriate fixture of a food outlet, but 3D printing will only continue to improve, so this issue could soon disappear. What do you think of 3D printed Happy Meal toys?


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