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Initiative Aims to Educate Students on 3D Manufacturing

22 January 2016

Digital manufacturing leader Inventables is trying to make it possible for 50 schools in the United States to have access to the newest digital manufacturing technology, 3D Carving, in response to President Obama’s call to create a “Nation of Makers.”

By the end of the decade, Inventables’ goal is to have a 3D carver in every school in the United States.

Last summer, the White House celebrated the National Week of Making June 12-18. To kick off the Week, the White House hosted an event which included updates on the President’s call to action to create a “Nation of Makers.” During that meeting, Inventables CEO, Zach Kaplan, committed to donate a 3D carving machine to a school in every state in the union. 3D carving is a powerful technology capable of creating precision parts and designs from materials like wood, plastic and metal.

Inventables hopes that access to a free machine and free software will help educate future generations and reboot American manufacturing education, and allow people to start their own independent manufacturing businesses in the United States. The machines work with Inventables’ free software Easel to allow anyone to go from idea to making in five minutes without any specialized knowledge or training.

The list of winner schools follows:

AlabamaJames Clemens High School
AlaskaDimond High School
ArizonaZaharis Elementary School
ArkansasWashington Middle School
CaliforniaTempleton High School
ColoradoCareer Center
ConnecticutSalisbury School
FloridaImagine South Lake Charter
GeorgiaWoodstock Middle School
HawaiiKailua Elementary
IdahoLewiston High School
IllinoisPulaski International School of Chicago
IndianaPurdue University
IowaMarcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community School District
KansasWellington High School
KentuckyEastern Kentucky University
LouisianaScotlandville Magnet High School
MaineKents Hill School
MarylandNorth County High School
MassachusettsSparhawk School
MichiganHillel Day School of Metro Detroit
MinnesotaPrinceton Public Schools
MississippiMadison Career and Technical Center
MissouriKirksville Area Technical Center
MontanaStillwater Christian School
NebraskaHeritage Lake Academy
NevadaDiscovery Charter School Las Vegas
New HampshireCentral High School
New JerseyThe College of New Jersey
New MexicoMountain View Middle School
New YorkUnited Nations International School
North CarolinaRockingham Middle School
North DakotaNorth Star School
OhioHilliard Weaver Middle School
OklahomaTri County Technology Center
OregonTaft High School 7-12
PennsylvaniaPreston Area School
Rhode IslandSt. Michael's Country Day School
South CarolinaSugar Creek Elementary
South DakotaVermillion High School
TennesseeHarriman High School
TexasKlein Independent School District
UtahM Lynn Bennion Elementary School
VermontLyndon Institute
VirginiaLoudoun Academy of Science
WashingtonTacoma Science and Math Institute (SAMi)
West VirginiaWheeling Country Day School
WyomingLittle Snake River Valley Schools

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