Nickolay Lamm recently released an image of a 3D printed ‘real Barbie’ to illustrate the difference between what Barbie looks like, and what the average 19 year old woman looks like. He created the new version of the doll following the CDC’s average measurements for a 19-year-old girl, and printed it using a 3D printer.
As the image went viral, many people asked if the doll would ever be made, and available for purchase. It was decided to create a “Lammily” doll according to the dimensions. He launched a funding campaign to attempt to raise $100,000 to fund the idea, and is quickly collecting the necessary money.
Once he starts selling the dolls, they will be made with the measurements of the average woman, plus articulated wrists, elbows, feet and knees. The face will have minimal makeup, and it will come with a much more simplified wardrobe than a normal Barbie would.
Nickolay Lamm has already contacts with manufacturers who can create the doll, so all he needs is the capital to bring these dolls to market.
This is one great example of how 3D printing can help create new businesses. While it is too early to know whether or not this will be a success, it is certainly great to watch and see people 3D printing their dreams!