Stratasys-owned 3D printer company MakerBot has joined the Google for Education Integrated Solutions Initiative with the aim of facilitating the use of 3D printing for both teachers and students. As a member in the Google-led initiative, the company is integrating its MakerBot Cloud platform – a print preparation and management solution – with Google for Education. This integration is expected to make it easier for teachers to manage student 3D printing projects, from the classroom or from home.
Using the integrated MakerBot Cloud, teachers can easily share, approve, queue student-designed files, as well as send them to a MakerBot 3D printer. The idea is to facilitate virtual collaboration on 3D printing projects, by enabling students to log in to the MakerBot Cloud using their Google credentials and teachers to manage their students’ work in the same way.
“As a Google for Education partner, we are making it easier for teachers and students to join the MakerBot ecosystem and utilize the tools and resources we have available,” commented Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot. “We remain committed to supporting 3D printing education and will continue to develop solutions that will advance the possibilities of learning and innovation.”
It is now simpler for students to submit their 3D printing designs to the MakerBot Cloud to be approved by their teachers for printing. Teachers now also have the tools at their disposal to organize and save design files to Google Drive. In today’s climate, where schools are adapting to new, often remote, ways of teaching, MakerBot and Google recognize that teaching tools must also adapt. In this case, the MakerBot Cloud gives educators and students the tools to access their 3D printers from any location.
MakerBot has leaned in to the education market, introducing the classroom-friendly SKETCH 3D printing solution in February, 2020. The package comprises 3D printing hardware and licenses, as well as MakerBot’s extensive education ecosystem.