MakerBot has a goal of putting a 3D printer in every school in America. MakerBot’s MakerBot Academy initiative pushes for students to learn about 3D printing technology.
MakerBot said that this initiative was in direct response to President Obama’s State of the Union address in February 2013 that encouraged businesses to think about ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. President Obama said that 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. MakerBot has partnered with 3D design company AutoDesk, 3D printing organization America Makes, and classroom donation service DonorsChoose.org.
Any person or business that wants to get MakerBot Academy in certain schools can visit DonorsChoose. Teachers can register their classroom for the service. MakerBot plans on funding the first few classrooms in Brooklyn, New York first.
Each MakerBot Academy will receive a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, three spools of MakerBot PLA Filament, and a full year of the MakerBot MakerCare Service and Protection Plan. Teachers will also be provided with a 3D-printing curriculum.
MakerBot was acquired by Stratasys in June 2013 for $403 million.