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3D Printing from Ultimaker - The CREATE Education Project

The CREATE Education Project brings together game changing technology with inspirational content and creative minds. This collaborative platform is designed to provide FREE resources to seed innovation. Contributors and community members are provided with a network for people embracing the same passion for sharing and improving access to education.

In order to ensure everybody has the opportunity to benefit from 3D printing and other exciting technology, Ultimaker reached out and asked educators and industry leaders what the challenges were and how Ultimaker can make the best of the opportunities. Ultimaker have aligned these with their core values and the CREATE Education Project was the result.

The CREATE Education Project has six key points:

C - Community - whether it's the 50 accessible hubs or the regional and national competitions that Ultimaker are to sponsor, they know that collaborative learning is the way to go! Ultimaker already have a thriving community they want to extend to include you!

R - Reliability & Support - Ultimaker have a reputation for being one of the most reliable 3D printers available. In the event of you having an issue they will have senior UK based Service Manager who will ensure key deadlines are always met!

E - Education - 3D printing is integral to the future of learning and development and changes the game in design realisation. Ultimaker wants to work with the education community to help and drive curriculum development and foster new thinking to keep the Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish education up to date with the rest of the world!

A - Access 50 schools regionally selected to have a discounted Ultimaker and act as regional hubs for other institutions. 3D ideas and collaborate learning are made possible by Cura software that is open source and free as is Youmagine.com providing an international platform for people to access 3D ideas and aid learning!

T - Teachability - Ultimaker's design approach encourages individuals to experiment independently and then share their progress with others. Cura software will be new to many people and the learning curve for many students will be more rapid than for some staff. The pupils teaching the teachers - modern collaboration in education at its best!

E - Economics - Ultimaker is already one of the most affordable 3D printing options in the market. Discounts are available on multiple orders!

You can take a look at this link which shows Paul Croft talking about the CREATE Education Project and its philosophy.

3D Printing Training Courses

There are a number of courses being run to help with the introduction of 3D printing into schools and for high schools using Autodesk Inventor. These courses are being delivered by Yuleblinker. If you would like more information on any of the courses or to book you place, please email Kim. Please note we expect demand to be high for places on these courses so would advise early booking. Alternatively Yuleblinker can go into schools to work with teachers who want to get started with 3D printing.

Useful links

Here are a few useful links from Ultimaker

Ultimaker Loan Service

As part of the CREATE Education project, Ultimaker operate a free loan scheme where your schools can loan an Ultimaker 2 for up to four weeks. If you are interested in the free loan scheme please contact Michelle