It is said by 3d printing enthusiasts all the time: additive manufacturing is changing the way people and companies think about designing products. Lighter, stronger and cheaper with less waste is the general idea.
The announcement this morning from General Electric that they'll be giving away over 800 3d printers seems to be validation that GE agrees.
“Additive manufacturing and 3D printing is revolutionizing the way we think about designing and manufacturing products,” said Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president of GE Additive. “We want a pipeline of engineering talent that have additive in their DNA. This education program is our way of supporting that goal.”
That program is part of a $10 million spend by GE over the next 5 years, with a focus on metal printing. A particularly necessary tool for a company that designs and manufactures aircraft engines and wind turbines.
Each printer package focused on polymers - mainly plastic - delivered to schools will have curriculums and lesson plans from Polar 3D to go along with 2 3d printers and filament material.
According to GE, the printers will be awarded in the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, China and Spain.
“We want to build an ecosystem for additive manufacturing across multiple industries,” Ehteshami said. “GE is committed to this technology for the long-term.”