Jonathan Usher, the Managing Director of Datacom Solutions, says his company’s track record of providing customers access to technology makes the agreement an ideal fit for all three partners.
“With 3D printing solutions now rapidly transforming the process of design and manufacturing, it’s exciting to extend 3D printing further into schools so students and teachers can fully explore its capabilities,” Usher says. “In partnering with Makers Empire and 3D Printing Systems we are further growing our focus on the education market with solutions that enhance the quality of the student and teacher learning experience.”
Datacom is one of Australasia’s largest independent business technology solutions providers, and Usher says the partnership combines Datacom’s experience in providing education technology solutions with Makers Empire’s 3D printing software and Learning Program. The deal also sees 3D Printing Systems hardware options included to provide a complete, end-to-end 3D printing solution designed for the education sector.
Makers Empire provides 3D printing software which was specifically developed to serve as the cornerstone of Australian primary and middle school curriculum. The software includes functions to plan projects, employ technologies, execute design tasks, share files, and review work in progress.
This agreement means Datacom becomes the exclusive sales and distribution partner for Makers Empire throughout Australia.
3D Printing Systems, the exclusive distributor of the UP brand of 3D printers across Australia and New Zealand, has spent the last 4 years establishing what they call a strong presence within the education sector by providing a wide range of products aimed at reducing the complexity and operational costs of 3D printing.
Jon Soong, the CEO of Makers Empire, says the partnership with Datacom closely aligns with his company’s efforts to enhance learning outcomes in educational environments.
“Datacom’s rich history as a systems integrator and strong relationships with schools across the Pacific will complement our innovation in 3D printing software to deliver a tailored approach to using this technology in the classroom to inspire individual learning,” Soong says.
And Bruce Jackson, the CEO of 3D Printing Systems, said he’s equally thrilled with the agreement between the three companies.
“Datacom has brought together the two vital ingredients for unleashing student creativity – combining 3D software and hardware,” Jackson says. “Datacom is now able to offer a tailored package for schools with its expertise in integrating technology into the classroom.”
This deal between Datacom, Makers Empire, and 3D Printing Systems ties together three important facets of the 3D printing process: education, support, and hardware. Do you know of any other deals like this for bringing 3D printing technology to schools? Let us know in the 3D Printing to Australian Schools forum thread on 3DPB.com.