Did you know that MakerBot 3D printers are in more than 7,000 schools across North America? As with any new technology, education is critical to its long-term success. MakerBot is active in educating future additive manufacturing experts and has just launched the MakerBotSKETCH Classroom, designed to give students more access to 3D printing and set up teachers for success. The SKETCH Classroom goes beyond the hardware and incorporates MakerBot’s complete education ecosystem, providing educators and students with the tools and resources they need.
Teachers are facing significant challenges in preparing students for a rapidly changing job market. Skill sets such as problem-solving and design thinking are high in demand; however, many students today lack those skills. 3D printing can be used to teach critical thinking. Teachers and students can learn to use the 3D printer, integrate the technology into their curriculum and manage 3D printing resources in the classroom.
The SKETCH Classroom addresses the challenges of 3D printing in the classroom with a solution that includes interactive certification courses for both teachers and students that trains them on how to use the MakerBot SKETCH 3D printer, create and implement engaging curriculum, and teach design thinking and problem-solving with 3D printing.
The SKETCH Classroom addresses the printer-to-student ratio challenge and provides for effective deployment. The SKETCH firmware and print management software are natively connected to MakerBot Cloud platform and incorporate a full suite of 3D printing applications. The SKETCH Classroom software suite provides print design, preparation, and management as a single solution out of the box. Students are able to submit their designs via MakerBot Cloud through their MakerBot account on my.makerbot.com, and teachers can manage, queue up and monitor their students’ 3D printing projects.
The SKETCH Classroom includes:
–A set of two (2) MakerBot SKETCH 3D printers, with each featuring a fully-enclosed printing chamber, a heated and flexible build plate, a particulate filter, touchscreen capabilities, on-board camera, and Wi-Fi capabilities.
–Two (2) teachers’ and ten (10) students’ licenses for the MakerBot Certification programs, which certify teachers in printer operations and curriculum creation and educates students in 3D printing, innovative design thinking, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. MakerBot provides the only ISTE-Certified 3D printer training programs with interactive and media-rich content, as well as applicable professional development credits for teachers.
–MakerBot Cloud, a fully-connected platform that provides teachers with seamless 3D printing file management, allowing them to manage, monitor, queue, and print students’ projects from any browser. MakerBot Cloud is integrated with leading CAD design software, including TinkerCad, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Onshape.
–Thingiverse Education, access to over 600+ 3D printing lesson plans created by educators and designed for all grade levels and subjects, and the largest active 3D printing educator community.
–Support from MakerBot’s support team comprised of 3D printing experts.
–Compatibility with MakerBot PLA and Tough materials; available in a range of colors, including yellow, blue, red, white, and grey.
–Each printer comes with one (1) extra build plate, one (1) snips, and one (1) spatula.
SKETCH is easy to use and set up and does not require tinkering, allowing teachers to spend more time integrating 3D printing within classroom learning. With a built-in particulate filter and enclosed chamber, the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom is safe to use in the classroom. Additionally, SKETCH is UL-Certified. MakerBot has tested the SKETCH 3D printer for over 46,000 hours for system reliability, subsystem, and print quality testing.
Full MakerBot Cloud integrations and additional features are planned for the coming months. SKETCH Classroom is expected to begin shipping on February 17, 2020 in North America, with availability in other regions shortly thereafter.
MakerBot is a global leader in 3D printing and subsidiary of Stratasys