Feb 8, 2018 | By Benedict

Dutch FDM 3D printer specialist Ultimaker has joined GE’s Additive Education Program (AEP). Ultimaker, whose Ultimaker 3 3D printer was released in October 2016, joins the program as a sponsor and supplier.

On Monday, we saw that GE had begun taking applications for its $10 million Additive Education Program, opening the door for schools, colleges, and universities to apply for significant 3D printing investment from the American company.

It now looks like some of the successful educational institutions could be getting 3D printing gear from Ultimaker, the Netherlands-headquartered FDM 3D printing company that has found massive success with its Ultimaker, Ultimaker 2, and Ultimaker 3 3D printers.

GE announced on Wednesday that Ultimaker is to become a sponsor and a supplier to the GE Additive Education Program, with both companies interesting in developing future talent in additive manufacturing.

Ultimaker, of course, actually has its own educational initiative, the Ultimaker Pioneer Program, which was launched around the time of the Ultimaker 3’s release. The program brings together educators to share content, curriculum, lessons, projects, and best practices, and currently has more than 100 members around the world.

Getting on board with the GE program will see more Ultimaker 3D printing equipment and expertise making its way into the classroom.

As part of the AEP, GE is investing $2 million over two years to subsidize FDM 3D printers for use on the Polar Cloud, Polar 3D’s open 3D printing platform that was identified as a key AEP resource by GE in January 2017.

Priority for the AEP investment will be given to institutions serving ages 8-18 with a strong commitment to Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) education.

“As we enter year two of the AEP, we have seen the benefits of enabling schools with additive technologies,” said Greg LaLonde, President of Polar 3D. “Students are learning at a young age to use digital tools to help boost creativity and productivity, and to prepare themselves for the quickly-changing workplace. Ultimaker has a proven track record of making 3D printing affordable and accessible across broad bands of education and professional settings, and we're proud to have them join the effort.”



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Nick D wrote at 2/9/2018 10:54:40 PM:

How can I help my local 7-10 year olds get to use 3D printers in Schools ? I can teach the CAD CAM but cannot afford lots of printers. NICK DUDDERIDGE ndudderidge@@yahoo.com

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