Bre Pettis, founder of MakerBot, says his vision for home based 3D printing is “to get one in front of every kid, with one MakerBot per child.” With MakerBot’s recent move to authorize FEA Training Consultants, Inc. as their immediate distributor throughout every province in Canada, Pettis’ vision keeps gaining steam and making news, as their company puts 3D printers into the hands of innovators of all ages, who continue to run with the products and astound the world with their new creations.
FEA Training Consultants, Inc. is based in Mississauga, Ontario, home to more than 60 Fortune 500 corporate offices. They are a licensed engineering company, and authorized SolidWorks value added reseller specializing in SolidWorks 3D CAD Design, SolidWorks Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and SolidWorks Fluid Flow (CFD) Analysis. The partnership between MakerBot and FEA is a reselling agreement which is immediate, and allows FEA to supply the products from within every province in Canada.
While Canada may be the world’s second largest land mass, rich in natural resources, one sector not yet tapped is that of additive manufacturing, and Canada does not plan to sit on the sidelines while the rest of the world becomes smitten with an arena that is so lucrative and versatile. The U.S. is Canada’s largest trading partner, so it was just a matter of time before the demand for 3D printing products prompted the need to supply MakerBot 3D printers inside Canada.
This should have a significant impact on the Canadian industrial sector, spurring innovation, creating employment, and inspiring the intellectual and inventing community. Canadians will have immediate access to the following MakerBot 3D products:
• MakerBot Replicator 2X
• MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
• MakerBot Digitizer – Desktop 3D Scanner
• MakerBot Replicator Mini-Compact 3D Printer (just released)
• MakerBot Replicator (Fifth Generation model)
• MakerBot Replicator Z18 Desktop 3D Printer
MakerBot, previously listing their products online only through their U.S. store, is somewhat of a wunderkind company, founded in 2009, with a factory in Brooklyn, NY. MakerBot’s first printers were sold as DIY kits, and touted to be very easy to assemble. Voted one of the top twenty startups in New York City, their company has been featured everywhere from The New York Times to Rolling Stone and The Colbert Report. MakerBot’s flagship product was the Cupcake CNC, followed by the Thing-O-Matic, which was followed by the Replicator series.
Who should buy these products? They are geared toward all innovators, but the common market for these products is in engineering, medicine, architecture, fine art, and more. From professionals to amateurs, MakerBot products appeal to those hoping to make a multitude of products, life-size replicas, prototypes, and three-dimensional “things.”
This is an industry that has the attention and support of not only entrepreneurs, inventors, and corporations, but also North American leaders. The Obama administration designated $30 million toward projects within the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in, and Canada invested $18.9 million into their SMART program Ohio seeing results, with thousands of new jobs created.
The national agenda is to continue forging further into the area of additive manufacturing, maintaining the intellectual capacity in North America, and bringing manufacturers from all over the world onto North American soil, fueling the economy. The goal for companies like MakerBot and FEA Training Consultants, Inc. is to supply MakerBot 3D printers to those who are passionate about exploring and creating—within the revolutionary world of 3D printing. Discuss Makerbot and their recent expansion within the Makerbot forum on 3DPB.com.
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