MakerBot, the industry leader in 3D printing for education, has just earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment for the recently launched MakerBot Certification™ program for educators. The first of its kind, the program addresses two important hurdles to implementing 3D printers in STEM classrooms. First the program coaches educators to become 3D printing experts, then it trains them to create their own custom 3D printing curriculum.

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Stratasys EMEA, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced that it has extended its UK reseller network with the appointment of Emco, a leading distributor of 3D printers and scanning products.

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A small University in Wisconsin isn’t necessarily where you would expect to find a state-of-the-art lab helping companies bring to market 3D-printed instructional kits for the biosciences, but that’s precisely the mission of the Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). As one of Carbon’s customers, MSOE enables its consortium of 45 members to share access to the university’s investments in the latest additive technologies and benefit from the RPC's expertise in prototyping and production.

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3D print accessibility map for blind students at Texas A&M | Photo by Alexis Will

One of which is that there is news that a freshman engineering student there created a small 3D printed Braille map of the campus of Texas A&M to help the blind navigate through the campus. I thought it was brilliant. It is probably not that logical to think, but he got the idea because there was actually Braille on the building so that they can feel the sign and know that they are on the right location. It got him the idea that someone has to show them and orient them on campus to begin with. Perhaps there is a way to do that. He did a cool thing where he was using a picture of the map, eyeballing it and drawing buildings, and someone had helped him figure out that he can scan it and put it on Solid Works himself. There was actually an easier way, so there was this collaborative project.

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