Accessibility to 3D printers and education is a concern even in the most metropolitan areas, where many schools, libraries, and manufacturers are making substantial efforts to see that everyone has access to and begins to learn how to use existing 3D files, make their own with digital design, and then 3D print them.
In many rural areas, 3D printing is still a complete enigma–and especially in remote villages of Poland. 3D printing aside, exposure to any high-tech knowledge is uncommon. Referring to this as ‘digital exclusion,’ the team at Zortrax is working to eliminate the issue and is currently establishing a fairly aggressive program to introduce not only their 3D printers, but the technology in general, into areas like the Masovian Voivodeship of Poland.
Zortrax will offer their M200 3D printers to 180 different public institutions in the Masovian Voivodeship region by November 15th. And while it’s often the case that schools and libraries receive gifts and grants of 3D printers with absolutely no instruction, Zortrax is committed to offering comprehensive programs where everyone has exposure to the technology, along with excellent training.
- Dedicated courseware
- Access to the e-learning platform
- Professional software
- One year’s worth of 3D printing materials
While this is part of the general movement by most 3D printing manufacturers to grant the gift of 3D printing to everyone, regardless of geography or income level, it’s also part of the Zortrax mission to see that the citizens of Poland are not left behind in exploring the power of 3D printing, as well as garnering interest from the upcoming generations of engineers and designers.
“The Zortrax M200 3D printer is perfect for both beginners in the field of 3D printing technology and experienced professionals, who expect top of the line precision and reliability. Our project reflects the growing interest in the 3D printing market. We offer not just the devices themselves, but a complete Zortrax ecosystem–with dedicated software and printing materials,” says Zortrax CEO Rafał Tomasiak.
“We can also provide education through our professional e-learning platform. This will soon allow the local communities to spread their competences within the scope of the latest 3D printing technologies. These actions are also aimed at strengthening Poland’s position on the 3D printing market. We firmly believe that many of the people who are able to experience this fascinating technology in one of these places will enter our field as professionals in the future.”
Zortrax is a company we’ve been following for quite some time since they opened the first retail 3D printing store and hub in Krakow, to their latest updates and challenges for users. Their 3D printing technology is being used in aviation, the automobile industry, and many different design platforms.
Those in the Masovian Voivodeship region on the receiving end of the M200 are receiving quality hardware and training, which will provide not only the opportunity to make quality 3D models but gain a valuable skill set.
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