Partnership Seeks to Place 3D Printers in Schools

America Makes, MakerBot and Autodesk have joined forces with to provide 3D printers for schools.

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America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, has partnered with MakerBot and Autodesk in a mission to put a desktop 3D printer in every school in America. The initiative was inspired by remarks President Barack Obama made during the State of the Union address last February.

"3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything,” the president said. “We must ensure that the next Industrial Revolution in manufacturing will happen in America. We can get that done."

In the interest of promoting this mission, MakerBot is offering its 3D printers through, a crowdfunding website for educators. Teachers can request a MakerBot Academy bundle through the site, and individual or corporate donors can make contributions toward the purchases. Visit and search for MakerBot to find the requests.

Each bundle contains a MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer, three spools of MakerBot PLA filament, and a full year of service and protection. MakerBot will support teachers in developing a 3D printing curriculum and leverage Autodesk’s software and educational resources as well.

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