M.Lab21 Initiative seeks to bring shop class into the 21st century with new technologies including 3D equipment and curriculum•
Pilot intends to reach 200 schools in the SME network
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"This new initiative is exactly the type of program that will help prepare students to compete in the 21st century," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce
3DS will provide starter kits with the latest 3D design and printing technology, including the Touch haptic, Sense 3D scanner, advanced prosumer desktop printers, and a suite of Cubify design software. SME will work with industry experts to identify the knowledge and skills necessary for the next generation workforce and develop the curriculum based on those needs.
"This partnership will provide a comprehensive approach that combines the hands-on tools and equipment with the equally important curriculum that addresses competencies required by the industry in the area of 3D printing," said
M.Lab21 will provide access to an online network for students, educators and prospective employers to connect directly on skills requirements and lesson plans. This effort will enable schools, administrators and education officials across the country to stay competitive, and transform U.S. industrial arts and vocational education.
By mid-summer, the ?M.Lab21 will solicit and secure eight industry advisers to provide leadership and guidance for moving forward. Together, SME and 3DS seek to garner support and participation from industry partners in order to build and deliver the 21st century shop floor equipment, software and curriculum to high schools across America.
M.Lab21 is the latest commitment 3DS and SME are making to deliver 21st century technology skills to students. Collaboratively, these two organizations invite teachers, educators, nonprofits and companies passionate about education to join the M.Lab21 initiative and help drive innovation and technology learning today. Education inquiries can be made directly to either SME or 3DS.
Learn more about 3DS commitment to manufacturing the future today at www.3dsystems.com.
About 3D Systems
Leadership Through Innovation and Technology
• 3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.
• 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.
• 3DS invented the Color-Jet-Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.
• 3DS invented Multi-Jet-Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.
Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry's benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.
More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com.
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the
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