3D printing is a growing field and it’s growing faster than most people imagine. According to a 2015 study by Wohlers Report, the 3D printing industry is expected to generate over $21 billion in worldwide revenue between 2014 and 2020. Educating the next generation to harness the power of this empowering technology is a huge undertaking. DK has just made it a little easier to teach children about 3D printing with their new title 3D Printing Projects.

3D Printing Projects provides step-by-step visual instructions for projects with a range of difficulty levels to help budding scientists and makers bring their own creations to life. Young designers will learn how to create a Jaws-inspired phone stand, design a personalized chess set, illustrate the galaxy on a ceiling with a star lantern, and build a model racecar with moving wheels! These and other projects walk families through the 3D design process, from scanning, modeling, and digital sculpting to slicing and printing.

To promote the release of 3D Printing Projects, DK has teamed up with MatterHackers to host a sweepstakes to educate and excite kids about 3D printing technology and inspire them to create their own designs. The sweepstakes is open exclusively to librarians and educators looking to start or expand their makerspace.

“Providing teachers and librarians with the right 3D printers, materials, and lesson ideas has been a high priority for MatterHackers, so we are thrilled to be a part of DK’s efforts to bring this new technology to a younger generation,” says Mara Hitner, Director of Business Development at MatterHackers. “We continue to be inspired by the creativity and tenacity of our maker educators, and the sharp rise in student engagement when 3D printing and modeling is introduced.”

The grand prize winner of the sweepstakes will receive one Ultimaker 2+ Fully Assembled 3D Printer, one $200 MatterHackers gift card, and one copy of DK’s 3D Printing Projects. Forty-nine runners-up will receive one $200.00 MatterHackers gift card and one copy of DK’s 3D Printing Projects. All entrants will receive a promotional code for 5% off and free shipping on any one purchase on MatterHackers.com.

“Through our partnership with MatterHackers, DK can bring 3D printing technology directly into classrooms and libraries, making the experience of 3D printing tangible and exciting for kids,” Jaimie Cona, Director of Marketing at DK, tells 3DPrint.com. “We’re proud to provide educators with resources supporting STEAM initiatives and the Maker Movement through the 3D Printing Projects sweepstakes, and we can’t wait to see what young makers create with the release of this new book.”

The sweepstakes will run from October 3, 2017, to February 13, 2018. For entry and full contest rules, visit www.dk.com/3D-sweepstakes.

What do you think of the DK and MatterHackers sweepstakes? Share your thoughts on this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or below.

 

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