CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, today announced that it is pleased to be included as a sponsor and a supplier to the GE Additive Education Program (AEP).
As part of the AEP, GE will invest $2 million over two years to subsidize desktop polymer printers for use on the Polar Cloud by primary and second schools, districts and systems around the world. Priority will be given to institutions serving ages 8-18 with a strong commitment to Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) education. Packages include Polar Cloud-enabled polymer printers, professional training, educational modules and specific activities for primary and secondary schools across the globe. Applications for schools to participate can be found at www.geaep.polar3d.com.
Ultimaker shares GE's passion and goal to develop future talent in additive manufacturing and has Polar Cloud-enabled its machines to support the expansion of the AEP. "We are thrilled to have been asked and excited to participate in helping GE provide schools around the world with access to 3D printers," stated John Kawola, President, Ultimaker North America.
Ultimaker has already made an impact in educational environments globally, from K-12 to higher education. In 2016, Ultimaker launched its Pioneer Program, which brings together educators to share content, curriculum, lessons, projects and best practices, and now has more than 100 global members. In addition, Ultimaker is a founding sponsor of Construct3D, an education conference specifically tailored to desktop 3D printing. This year's conference will be held at Georgia Tech on October 5-7th.
"As we enter year two of the AEP, we have seen the benefits of enabling schools with additive technologies. Students are learning at a young age to use digital tools to help boost creativity and productivity, and to prepare themselves for the quickly-changing workplace," stated Greg LaLonde, President, Polar 3D. "Ultimaker has a proven track record of making 3D printing affordable and accessible across broad bands of education and professional settings, and we're proud to have them join the effort."
About Ultimaker Ultimaker has been in operation since 2011, and over the years has grown to become a market-leader; creating powerful, professional and accessible desktop 3D printers. With offices in the Netherlands, New York, and Boston, plus production facilities in Europe and the US, Ultimaker's team of over 300 employees continually strives to offer the highest-quality 3D printers, software, and materials on the market.