Schools across Poland will soon have more access than ever to 3D printing technologies thanks to a partnership between local 3D printer manufacturer VERASHAPE and publishing house Grupa MAC. As stipulated in an agreement signed at the recent Future of Education Congress, Grupa MAC will deploy VSHAPER GO 3D printers to a number of schools and even kindergartens across the European country.
Founded nearly 30 years ago, Grupa MAC is one of Poland’s leading educational publishers. Traditionally, the company has focused on publishing textbooks, exercise books and other similar materials. More recently, however, the company has taken a deliberate turn towards more technological educational tools. This effort, orchestrated within the framework of the Polish government’s Aktywna Tablica program, has seen over a thousand schools in Poland receive cutting edge boards and monitors, modern projects and other devices.
By now implementing VSHAPER GO 3D printers into Polish schools and into the curriculum, the publisher is aiming to bolster students’ educations and overall skills.
“Classes with students are a perfect environment for the use of 3D printing,” commented Patryk Tomczyk, a member of Grupa MAC’s management board. “Creating a pyramid model for history lessons, the structure of a flower or a human body for biology lessons are just a few examples, and their list is limited only by the imagination of students and teachers. We are happy that thanks to our cooperation with VERASHAPE, 3D printers have a chance to reach schools through our network of educational consultants.”
The 3D printer model to be deployed, the VSHAPER GO, is an intuitive desktop machine that is simple enough for use in schools. With a build volume of 215 x 215 x 200 and features like auto bed levelling and automatic nozzle cleaning, the PLA-compatible 3D printer is suitable for producing all manner of prototypes, teaching aids and fun objects.
“Constant pursuit of creativity, living up to the potential and the support of boundless passion for creation are today’s challenges of the education process,” added Tomasz Szymański, the CEO and founder of VERASHAPE. “Grupa MAC is definitely living up to that challenge. The use of modern technologies, primarily 3D printing, in the process of educating children and teenagers, presents vast possibilities to convert the information from the books into actual physical objects that can be touched and examined.
“The ability to transform unusual ideas into real designs with the use of 3D printer is, without a doubt, tremendous support of art subject teaching. It is also helpful in teaching biology, chemistry or physics.”
The recognition of 3D printing in school curriculums—even from a young age—is spreading across the globe. Other companies are also investing in the future of the industry and STEM in general by deploying additive manufacturing systems to schools. Perhaps the most high profile example comes from GE Additive, which launched its Additive Education Program with the express goal of installing 3D printing technologies at primary, secondary and higher education institutions.