LEGO's enthusiasm for 3D printing



The LEGO Group's first 3D printed item is now available to purchase at LEGO House for a limited time. It's a minifigure-sized LEGO replica of the iconic Wood Duck created by LEGO Group founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and it features a movable beak!


The LEGO House, the ‘Home of the Brick’, is offering visitors the opportunity to buy a 3D-printed LEGO minifigure-sized duck for a limited time only in November. 



The duck is the first stand-alone 3D-printed element to be released by the LEGO Group. Previously, a 3D-printed element had been included in a special edition set given to participants in the 2019 LEGO Inside Tour.

Ronen Hadar, Head of the LEGO Group’s Additive Design & Manufacturing team, said: “We are excited by the possibilities of additive manufacturing and can’t wait to hear from our fans. We will use their feedback to help shape future innovation as we continue to test the limits of 3D-printing technology. We’ve worked incredibly hard to make sure our 3D-printed elements meet our very strict quality, safety and durability requirements. And as for this duck, it’s gone through extra quality checks to ensure its beak smoothly opens and closes!


Additive manufacturing or 3D printing will sit alongside injection moulding technology in the company’s factories. Injection moulding allows the company to make bricks at high speed, while the newer technology offers greater flexibility to support product innovation and, in the future, make a greater variety of elements in smaller volumes. All elements are subjected to the same quality and safety checks.


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