California-based 3D printer manufacturing company Robo 3D has partnered with leading education technology (EdTech) provider and major Chromebook reseller Promevo to further the incorporation of 3D printing into the $8 billion EdTech market in the US.
EdTech, one of the largest niche technology markets along with Fintech and Insuretech, is experiencing a rapid demand toward 3D printing technology and 3D printers. An increasing number of certified institutional education providers and schools are beginning to adopt 3D printing technology with the aim of introducing students to next-generation technologies.
Promevo already has a large reach within the US EdTech market as the largest Chromebook reseller in the country. According to the company, Promevo is partnered with Google to distribute Google’s hardware products and cloud-based services such as the Premier G Suite to many of the leading schools in the US.
Since early 2005, the one to one computing and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) non-profit initiatives encouraged schools across the world to transform education by introducing students to disruptive technologies. With a unified goal of adopting the vision of the OLPC initiative founded by Nicholas Negroponte, many schools began to provide affordable laptops or netbooks such as the Chromebook to students and schools in the US.
In consideration of the popularity of Chromebooks in US-based schools, Robo 3D and its engineering team developed various 3D printers and other tools that are directly compatible with the Chromebook. More importantly, the company focused on manufacturing affordable 3D printers that schools can afford to provide for their students.
Robo chief operating officer Randy Waynick stated:
“We’re excited about this partnership with Promevo and the opportunity to grow the Robo product line within the education segment. When you think about the impact our products have in the classroom, with features like our precision on-board slicing and Wi-Fi and app connectivity built into each Robo printer, all backed by our exceptional 24/7 customer support, we’re right on the cusp of seeing significant benefits and advances in the learning process. And since our printers work so well with Chromebooks already, schools see a major reduction in the cast of ownership with our printers.”
Waynick further emphasized the simple usability and user interface of Robo 3D printers that are suitable for young adults, teenagers and children. The development team of Robo 3D specifically focused on building a product which can be easily adopted by students when building prototypes and other products at low costs and production time.
The company intends to pursue more negotiations and deals with schools and education specialists across the country to distribute Robo 3D printers and disrupt the EdTech industry with a truly revolutionary and innovative technology in 3D printing.
Previously, 3DPrint.com reported that Robo debuted on the Australian Securities Exchange with a $6 million initial public offering (IPO) in December of 2016, which came three months after the company’s successful $380,000 Kickstarter campaign for its R2 and C2 3D printers. Despite its built-in WiFi and app connectivity, the line of 3D printers introduced by Robo are substantially cheaper than its competitors..
With its new deal, Robo will continue to push the development and distribution of affordable yet efficient 3D printers for the EdTech market. Discuss in the Robo Promevo forum at 3DPB.com.