Stratasys, MakerBot’s parent company, has made no secret of the fact that full blown adoption of 3D creativity at all levels will start with those who are in school today. The company launched its Makerbot Academy initiative last November with the stated aim of bringing a MakerBot 3D Printer into every American High School.
Apparently that is going to take too long. So, while, tomorrow’s university students begin to familiarize themselves with the possibilities of 3D printing, MakerBot is targeting tomorrow’s engineers and today’s university graduates with the announcement of a new initiative to help transform colleges – and businesses – into MakerBot Innovation Centres.
What this means is that colleges – starting with the State University of New York at New Palz – will be equipped with a 30+ strong 3D Printer centre built in partnership with MakerBot’s engineering and creative teams. Each centre will have printing capabilities to make multiple prototypes and models, streamline workflow and stimulate creative inspiration, helping the university in recruiting and fund-raising efforts. … (Read more)