This summer, 3D printer manufacturer Robo announced that it had acquired Atlanta-based company MyStemKits, which provides the largest online library of STEM curriculum in the world, in order to help students of all ages learn about 3D printing in an easy, hands-on way. Robo also makes education a priority, and has partnered with other companies in the past in an effort to further access to, and implementation of, 3D printing education.
Four years ago, MyStemKits, which also provides 3D printable models for K-12 schools, partnered with 3D printing software provider 3DPrinterOS, and now Robo has also announced a partnership with the company. Robo will be integrating the 3DPrinterOS software across all of its 3D printer models, so that educators and schools can benefit from it.
Braydon Moreno, the Co-Founder of Robo 3D, said, “3DPrinterOS is the closest thing to an interoperability standard for 3d printing which makes it easy for our business to expand to all educational institutions, printer manufacturers, and continue to build innovative applications.”
Now that Robo has acquired MyStemKits, this move to 3DPrinterOS will be able to quickly increase the access to MyStemKits’ curriculum, and its 3D printable educational models, across a wide range of over 75 different desktop 3D printers.
3DPrinterOS also has an interest in education – after all, the MyStemKits platform was actually built on its software. The platform provides easy, one-click 3D printable models that were developed specifically for students in K-12 schools. By switching its software platform to 3DPrinterOS, Robo is standardizing its approach to 3D printing education and making it available to use over even more kinds of 3D printers.
“What we have seen is that with 3D printing and MyStemKits, student engagement increases because you are teaching students math, science, and STEM subjects in a unique and exciting way. This natural introduction to the technology inspires students to want to design in 3D and create 3D printed things on their own,” said Moreno.
As the curriculum included in MyStemKits meets both Common Core State Standards (CCS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), it’s very easy for teachers to adopt 3D printing in the classroom with the platform, along with making models, which are readily available through MyStemKits, that can be used as visual learning aids.
“It’s exciting to see applications built on 3DPrinterOS, be successful, get acquired, and expand globally. Solving interoperability for the 3d printing community is in our company DNA, and we are looking forward to reaching more educators with the Robo 3D Partnership,” said 3DPrinterOS CEO John Dogru.
Regardless of whether schools own a Dremel, Robo, Ultimaker, or nearly any other kind of desktop 3D printer, the vast library of 3D printable STEM models offered by MyStemKits is available instantly if the system is built on top of the cloud streaming software by 3DPrinterOS.
In addition, by adopting the 3DPrinterOS software across legacy Robo 3D printers, as well as any future systems developed by the manufacturer, Robo owners will be able to enjoy access to SSO compatibility, filament tracking, data analytics, and cloud 3D printer management – all of which are part and parcel of the software’s educational license.
If you are an educator and are interested in using MyStemKits to introduce 3D printing in your classroom, you can register here for a free, two week trial that will allow you to view all of the available MyStemKits lessons. You can also download and 3D print up to two of those lessons for free.
What do you think? Discuss this news and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts in the Facebook comments below.