Mar 10, 2016 | By Benedict

New Matter today announced the lucky recipients of its Educate and Inspire Grant program. The company, founded in 2014 as a division of Idealab, will donate more than $200,000 worth of MOD-t 3D printers and supplies to the 100 educational institutions, chosen from over 450 applications.

The MOD-t 3D printer

As part of its mission to put a 3D printer in every home, school, and office in the country, 3D printer manufacturer New Matter recently took drastic action to ensure that some of the most needy and deserving of US schools would receive a hefty bundle of high quality 3D printing equipment…for free. On January 5 of this year, the company announced the Onset and Inspire Grant, through which it vowed to donate more than $200,000 in 3D printers and supplies to teachers and administrators in order to encourage student interest in 3D printing. After poring over more than 450 convincing applications from schools across the country, New Matter eventually settled on 100 winning institutions from across 28 states and 90 towns and cities, with each school receiving three MOD-t 3D printers, 15 spools of 1kg filament, and 15 additional build plate surfaces.

With the MOD-t 3D printer, the 100 lucky US schools won’t just be getting a free 3D printer; they’ll be getting a quality piece of kit, designed specifically for classroom and library use. As one of the quietest desktop 3D printers in the business, the WiFi-enabled, FFF MOD-t offers little distraction from everyday classroom goings-on. Compatible with 1.75mm PLA filament and featuring a build volume of 6 x 4 x 5 inches, the budget 3D printer can print at 0.1mm resolution, giving students the ability to produce high-quality 3D prints in the classroom. The school-friendly machine is, furthermore, incredibly easy to calibrate, letting teachers get on with the more important aspects of their job.

For New Matter, the only difficult part of the two-month grant process was selecting the winning institutions from the 450+ applications. "We were overwhelmed by the quality of applications we received," said Steve Schell, CEO of New Matter. "The caliber of our applicants is a testament to the potential that innovative teachers see in 3D printing. We're excited to build a community of passionate and imaginative educators who can now use the MOD-t to inspire their students.”

Few 3D printer manufacturers in the industry have the resources to give away $200,000 worth of equipment for nought, but the Idealab-backed New Matter is operating successfully just one year after it raised $6.5 million from multiple investors during its Series A funding. Once the subject of a successful Indiegogo campaign, the company’s highly affordable MOD-t 3D printer has quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most user-friendly machines on the market. New Matter hopes that this usability will generate interest in the technology amongst students.

Map of the recipient institutions

"We strongly believe that 3D printing will cultivate a lifelong love of STEM subjects in students, and we are incredibly proud to participate in that experience," Schell explained. "3D design fosters creativity in young learners and the MOD-t is the tool that brings students' imaginations to life. We will continue to work with educators to ensure that they are getting all the resources they need to integrate the MOD-t into the classroom."

Educational institutions not part of the 100-strong list can still bring the $399 MOD-t 3D printer into their classrooms, with New Matter offering special school discounts to potential customers.

List of Educate and Inspire Grant Recipients

  • Piedmont High School (Piedmont, AL)
  • Knox Gifted Academy (Chandler, AZ)
  • Tilles Elementary School (Fort Smith, AZ)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  • Corona High School (Corona, CA)
  • Covina High School (Covina, CA)
  • Burbank Elementary School (Hayward,CA)
  • University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • Kings River Union Elementary, Kingsburg CA
  • Vista Charter Middle School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Student Empowerment Academy (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Inner-City Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Clifton Middle School (Monrovia, CA)
  • Napa Valley Schools (Napa Valley, CA)
  • Madison Middle School (Oceanside, CA)
  • Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Golden Oak Community School (Santa Clarita, CA)
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, CA)
  • Lincoln Middle School (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Fairwood Explorer (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • Jefferson Middle School (Torrance, CA)
  • Towers Elementary School (Torrance, CA)
  • Edwin Markham Elementary School (Vacaville, CA)
  • Hill Regional Career High School (New Haven, CT)
  • McNair Magnet Middle School (Rockledge, FL)
  • University of South Florida / Turner/Bartel K-8 School (Tampa, FL)
  • University of South Florida Advanced Visualization Center (Tampa, FL)
  • Columbus State University (Columbus, GA)
  • Lee County Middle School West (Leesburg, GA)
  • Elm Street Elementary (Rome, GA)
  • Warren County High School (Warrenton, GA)
  • Neil Armstrong Elementary (Bettendorf, IA)
  • Eason Elementary (Waukee, IA)
  • Northwood Junior High School (Highland Park, IL)
  • Shelbyville CUSD #4 (Shelbyville, IL)
  • Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School (Skokie, IL)
  • Tri-County Intermediate School (Wolcott, IN)
  • Breckinridge County Schools (Hardinsburg, KY)
  • Clay County High School (Manchester, KY)
  • St. Joseph's Academy (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Herndon Magnet School (Belcher, LA)
  • Horace Mann School for the Deaf (Allston, MA)
  • Federal Street School (Greenfield, MA)
  • Northampton High School (Northampton, MA)
  • Nathan Hale School (Roxbury, MA)
  • John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (Roxbury, MA)
  • Forest Grove Middle School (Worcester, MA)
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Annapolis, MD)
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD)
  • McDaniel College (Westminster, MD)
  • Frankenmuth High School (Frankenmuth, MI)
  • Central Elementary School (Hastings, MI)
  • Hudsonville Public Schools (Hudsonville, MI)
  • Orchard View School District (Muskegon, MI)
  • Reeths-Puffer High School (Muskegon, MI)
  • New Lothrop High School (New Lothrop, MI)
  • Pathfinder School (Pinckney, MI)
  • Warren Consolidated Schools (Sterling Heights, MI)
  • Walled Lake Central High School (Walled Lake, MI)
  • Romeo Engineering and Technology Center (Washington, MI)
  • Horace May Elementary (Bemidji, MN)
  • Poplar Bridge Elementary School (Bloomington, MN)
  • Palmer Lake Elementary School (Brooklyn Park, MN)
  • Alcorn Career and Technology Center (Corinth, MS)
  • Colmer Middle School (Pascagoula, MS)
  • China Grove Elementary School (China Grove, NC)
  • Cleveland Elementary School (Cleveland, NC)
  • Franklin Elementary School (Mount Airy, NC)
  • Pinelands Regional School District (Little Egg Harbor, NJ)
  • Southern Regional High School (Manahawkin, NJ)
  • Caldwell-West Caldwell School District (West Caldwell, NJ)
  • Summit Academy Charter School (Brooklyn, NY)
  • IS 259 K William McKinley (Brooklyn, NY)
  • MS 088 Peter Rouget (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Ross School (East Hampton, NY)
  • PS 201 Q, The Discovery School for Inquiry & Research (Flushing, NY)
  • The College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
  • The City College of New York (New York, NY)
  • ADK P-TECH (Peru, NY)
  • Port Washington Union Free School District (Port Washington, NY)
  • PS 175 Q, The Lynn Gross Discovery School (Rego Park, NY)
  • Design Lab Early College High School (Cleveland, OH)
  • Oak Grove Elementary School (Albany, OR)
  • Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences (Oregon City, OR)
  • Grant High School (Portland, OR)
  • Huntingdon Area Middle School (Huntingdon, PA)
  • Fayette Academy (Somerville, TN)
  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (Austin, TX)
  • The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX)
  • Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (Grand Prairie, TX)
  • YES Prep Public Schools – Brays Oaks Campus (Houston, TX)
  • Willow Springs Elementary School (Draper, UT)
  • Skyline Middle School (Harrisonburg, VA)
  • Spokane Valley Tech (Spokane Valley, WA)
  • A.C. Davis High School (Yakima, WA)
  • La Causa Charter School (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Viroqua Area School District (Viroqua, WI)
  • West Salem Middle School (West Salem, WI)




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craig billings wrote at 3/14/2016 1:03:23 PM:

$6mil and only giving away $200,000! And some of these schools already have printers and some have many printers. Sad use of money.

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