Objet has today launched the new 'Scholar' package. This is a professional desktop 3D printer bundled together with a 2 or 3 year supply of 3D printing materials, maintenance and training.
The Scholar package is designed to make professional level 3D printing more accessible to the next generation of designers and engineers - by enabling schools and colleges to easily introduce the Objet systems into their facilities today.
Why 'Scholar' and Why Now?
Already back in 2009, President Obama identified STEM education as a national priority (STEM being Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This initiative is focused on improving the quality of STEM education, attracting more students to STEM careers and encouraging more critical thinking within these disciplines, all with the purpose of getting the US economy back to what it has classically done best; inventing new and innovative products.
Bringing us right up to date, this October, Reuters leaked an EU report that shows the Continent has now prioritized a select number of technologies, among them 3D printing, for the purpose of reviving the flagging manufacturing sector. This sector has been very badly hit in the last few years, having lost 3 million jobs since the crisis began in 2008 (see Europe, the light green line, slipping behind the US and China in the graph below). Looking forward, the solution will require educating and qualifying a new generation of engineers and designers to make the EU’s manufacturing sector competitive and economically viable again.
The Objet Scholar will help educators re-invigorate STEM studies, providing students with an inspiring technology and practical tool by which they can transform new ideas and projects into tangible reality at the click of a button. And because the Objet 3D printing system is already in use among a large proportion of Fortune 100 and 500 companies, the students using the system will automatically become 'trained' for many of their future careers. A win-win from every angle.
Objet systems are already in use in many of world's leading schools and universities including Virginia Tech, University of New Orleans, Art Center College of Design, Purdue University, and The Technion.
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Objet 'Scholar' Online Resources:
- Objet Education Website
- Website Objet30 Scholar Package
- Education on Facebook – 3D Printing on Campus
- Objet30 Scholar Package brochure
- Objet Education Play List on YouTube
- Objet Education Blog