3D printer partnership targets schools

3D Systems and Midwich hoping to capitalise on a revised national curriculum for 2014 and beyond
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3D Systems, a company specialising in 3D printing products and services, says that it is “aggressively pursuing” the education market.

The 3D printing provider has partnered with distributor Midwich, and the collaboration hopes to capitalise on David Cameron’s recent announcement that 3D printing would join the national curriculum in 2014.

Schools in Warwickshire have already brought more than ten of our Cube 3D printers, PCR understands.

The Cube, which 3D Systems launched in late 2012, is designed for consumers and the education sector, while the CubeX, which launched this January, has a larger build area and can hold three cartridges in three different colours. It’s bigger and is better suited for design firms.

The Cube can also be purchased online from Currys and PC World, and is said by 3D Systems to be the only 3D printer certified for home use – making it suitable for children aged eight and up.

“The Cube is designed for everyone – children and adults alike, artists, designers, students, architects, and families – and especially for children to discover their creativity and capability,” said Alyssa Reichenta, manager of global media relations at 3D Systems.

Jonathon Francis, business manager at Midwich, added: “What we’re seeing in the marketplace is a tighter focus on giving designers and students total design freedom.

“And more and more people will begin to use [3D printers] as price points come down and the technology gains more exposure.”

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