When it comes to the future growth of the 3D printing industry, education will play a major role. I recall visiting the computer lab in grade school back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and little did I know that what I learned there would provide me with a foundation for a career which has almost entirely relied upon interacting with computers. An early introduction of grade school students to new technologies is what drives future growth within virtually any tech industry.
When it comes to a 3D printing education, there is one company, Tinkerine, that really seems to be leading the way. Based out of Vancouver, Canada, Tinkerine has been forging a path that is enabling an ever growing number of students to receive a comprehensive education within the 3D printing space. Not only do they offer a 3D printing education via their Tinkerine U platform, but they also manufacture a number of machines and accessories themselves, including the Ditto™ Pro, Ditto+, and Litto 3D printers.
In an effort to expand their reach, both from a manufacturing and an educational standpoint, the company today has announced the appointment of leading New York City-based retailer Adorama Inc., which will now offer their full suite of machines, filaments, software, and, perhaps most importantly, educational materials.
“We believe Tinkerine offers the high level of both quality products and service that will satisfy the needs of our creative customers in the rapidly expanding desktop 3D printer segment,” explained Adorama VP of Development Ahron Schachter.
Adorama, which has been serving customers via their New York City storefront for over 35 years, also has an international presence online. They specialize in cameras and consumer electronics, but are also known for their free online creative education center. This is likely why Tinkerine has been so fast to partner with this company, as they will now be able to integrate their Tinkerine U platform within the Adorama Learning Center.
“The appointment of Adorama is another step in reaching our targets through our growing global distribution network, who are making our award winning products accessible to all 3D users and those interested in learning about the wide ranging benefits of 3D,” said Eugene Suyu, CEO of Tinkerine.
With dozens of companies all vying for a slice of the consumer 3D printer market, early partnerships like this one are incredibly important to future revenue streams. Tinkerine’s approach of placing education at the forefront of their marketing goals seems to be paying off in the early going.
Let us know if you have any experience using any of Tinkerine’s 3D printer or their Tinkerine U platform. Discuss this deal and what it may mean for 3D printing education in the Tinkerine/Adorama forum thread on 3DPB.com.