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MakerBot launches Starter Lab for Enhancing the Educational Platform

By Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y: 3D printing has already made an imprint in this fast growing market, providing people with an extra-ordinary visibility to visualize their ideas in an elegant manner. Now with the enhancements in the technologies, 3D printing is capable to provide creative and flexible platform to realize learner’s ideas and research.

Technologists know the pulse and are well versed with the tactics to improve the learning platform in an agile and realistic manner, making things really understandable. To this end 3D printing solution provider MakerBot has launched MakerBot Starter Lab to accelerate the 3D printing capabilities of schools and organizations. MakerBot 3D printers integrates its solutions including MakerBot PrintShop, MakerBot Mobile, MakerBot Innovation Center and other solutions including Thingiverse for the availability of 3D printing technology to all.

MakerBot Starter Lab focuses on K-12 schools, universities, and libraries for improving research and realization of ideas of learner and teacher to have a larger insight of their subject for qualitative results. "The MakerBot Starter Lab is designed to help educational institutions prepare students to be more college and career ready by providing them with relevant, competitive skills today," says Frank Alfano, CEO, MakerBot.

The hardware features of the solution include MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, Swappable Replicator Smart Extruders Mini Compact 3D Printer, Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, and Replicator Z18 3D Printer.

"When computer labs first started going into schools, educators noticed a transformation taking place with students' enthusiasm and interest in learning," says Alfano.

"We see that same type of excitement in students, faculty and the community when they have access to MakerBot 3D printing products in schools." Alfano adds. Union College, Schenectady, New York,State and University of New York College of Agriculture are some of the institutions leveraging MakerBot Starter Lab package.

According to John Rieffel, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Union College MakerBot Starter Lab has supported the college to make 3D printing available for more students and thus enhancing creativity and collaboration.

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