February 5, 2020
MakerBot, subsidiary of Stratasys, launches the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom, designed to be a 3D printing setup for the classroom, giving students more access to 3D printing and setting up teachers for success, the company reports. The SKETCH Classroom incorporates MakerBot’s complete education ecosystem.
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 offers a workflow solution that addresses the printer-to-student ratio challenge. 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.
“With SKETCH, we are changing the way 3D printing is used in schools and advancing the possibilities of learning to boost student innovation. We believe that SKETCH Classroom is the best 3D printing setup for the classroom, with an ideal student-to-printer ratio, making 3D printing more accessible to students, and setting educators up for 3D printing success,” says Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot.
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, according to MakerBot. With a built-in particulate filter and enclosed chamber, the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom is safe to use in the classroom. 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.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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