College students in North America and the UK have a new opportunity to become more involved with 3D printing-related activities on their campuses. It seems every corner I turn these days, 3D Hubs is there doing something new to advance the cause of 3D printing education and skill-sharing. And this is a good thing. The company has grown in leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, and now it is extending its Ambassador program, that really helped grow the company on a critical face to face level, to college campuses.
Higher education and 3D printing are very compatible for a few reasons. One reason is that more colleges are becoming equipped with the technology and are in a good position to expose more students to 3D design and printing. Also, college students tend to be open to trying new things, and 3D printing is something new, exciting, and challenging. In many ways Student Ambassadors do what the other 3D Hubs Ambassadors (or Community Mayors) do — only on a college campus.
“Students are a large part of our business,” said George Fisher-Wilson, Head of the Student Ambassador Program, “and we feel that it is important to have someone listening to their needs and adding value to them – preferably their peers.”
In exchange for the responsibility of representing 3D Hubs on their campuses and connecting the right individuals and entities with 3D Hubs, Student Ambassadors will have access to 3D Hubs Events, and its movers and shakers. They will also get a percentage of the orders they bring to the platform, a letter of recommendation for employment purposes, experience with a tech start-up, “3D Hubs swag” and free 3D printing.
For those students who go above and beyond the call of duty as Ambassadors, they will have the chance to get an all expenses paid trip to either the Amsterdam or New York City 3D Hubs office. This opportunity allows them to further network in the 3D printing space and meet some of the people face to face that they work with.
Brian Garret, co-founder of 3D Hubs, sees this as a win-win situation for students and the company. He explains:
“Since the earliest days of rapid prototyping, some of the most exciting developments in design and engineering have been coming from the classrooms of universities around the world. The new 3D Hubs Student Ambassadors program gives us the opportunity to connect with some of today’s brightest students who are helping take today’s 3D printing applications to the next level.”
3D Hubs can do much for college students, but it also knows that college students can do much for it as innovators, networkers, designers, and makers. The 3D Hubs Job Board has the complete announcement, which states, “Give your CV some love and become the face of 3D Hubs at your university!”
Of course, being involved in a network of 3D designers isn’t just great for your CV. It’s also a really excellent opportunity to spread the word about 3D printing on your campus, find out and report back what people are drawn to when it comes to 3D design and printing, and make some new friends while you are at it too!
What are your thoughts on this program? Discuss in the 3D Hubs Student Ambassador Forum thread on 3DPB.com.