McDonald’s Considering Onsite 3D Printing of Happy Meals Toys

(The Register) McDonalds is considering installing 3D printers in its stores to produce the pocket-sized toys which are a key part of their Happy Meals. The burger corp’s UK IT director, Mark Fabes, said he was looking at potential applications of 3d printing – and one was whether it could be used to produce the toys which are bundled in McDonalds’ Happy Meals. “It’s just a thought,” said Fabes, speaking to El Reg at a Fujitsu customer event in Munich. He said apart from cost considerations, there was the issue of whether plastic smelting machines were appropriate for use in food outlets. Fabes said any move by McDonalds would have to be alongside a serious tech supplier: “It’s got to be a big partner in terms of robustness.”