The next industrial revolution will be kicked off by 3D printing, and American students need to start learning about it now, suggests MakerBot, which is spearheading a campaign to put a 3D printer in every school. “The hope is it will bring design, prototyping and ingenuity back into the United States,” said John Westrum, vice president of 3D printer maker Afinia.
There’s a campaign afoot to put a 3D printer in every school in America. MakerBot — along with education crowdsourcer DonorsChoose.org, America Makes and Autodesk — on Tuesday announced MakerBot Academy.
Individuals and businesses can contribute money to the initiative through DonorsChoose.org. The funds will be used to award MakerBot Academy bundles to teachers who register their schools at the site.
MakerBot Academy bundles consist of a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, three spools of filament, and a year of service and support. MakerBot also will support teachers with the development of a 3D printing curriculum.