ArtSystems—a UK-based supplier of large-format printing and finishing equipment—and MakerBot, a USA-based manufacturer of desktop 3D printers and subsidiary of Stratasys, have launched The Educators’ Gateway to 3D Printing program.
Through The Educators’ Gateway to 3D Printing, ArtSystems and MakerBot intend to offer educational institutions across the UK and Ireland ‘a more effective, quicker and simpler means of accessing 3D printing technology’. The program’s aim is to overcome the barriers to the education sector’s adoption of 3D printing.
The Educators’ Gateway to 3D Printing is designed to enable any teaching establishment to create their own, bespoke 3D printing solution by reconfiguring any of Makerbot’s fused deposition modeling (FDM) printers, backed by support and training services provided by ArtSystems. Budget planning is a key consideration of the program and a range of flexible finance and payment options are available in order to make budgets go further.
Commenting on the companies’ motivation for introducing The Educators’ Gateway to 3D Printing, Ted Freer, divisional manager, design, ArtSystems, said: ‘We have spent the last three years with our MakerBot channel partners providing 3D printing systems to the education sector, and it became very clear that schools and colleges needed a new and easier way to access 3D printing technology. Lack of training, support and resource management—plus limited budgets—are all major barriers to access. Thanks to The Educators’ Gateway to 3D Printing program, we can address these barriers in an integrated way that lets teachers use as much or as little as they need to achieve their goals.’
ArtSystems intends to highlight The Educators’ Gateway to 3D Printing alongside MakerBot’s Replicator range of 3D printers on its stand at BETT 2018, taking place in London, UK, on January 24-27, 2018.
Available on the stand and from the company directly will be the 200-page MakerBot Educators’ Guidebook, which details a range of learning support resources that allow teachers to access and choose from a broad selection of best practice lesson plans.