3D printer rental scheme for UK schools

A UK-wide 3D printer rental scheme, designed to provide an affordable option for schools to put 3D printing on the design curriculum has been launched by Danwood. 

The scheme will allow schools to rent a KYOCERA CubePro 3D printer on a monthly basis for as little as £145 per month. 

The CubePro, from the 3D Systems’ range, uses plastic jet printing, a solid-based rapid prototyping method that extrudes material layer by layer to build concept models and engineering models, for initial prototypes and functional testing.

The monthly rental includes the delivery, installation and set up of the 3D printer, plus a full set of consumables and a 12-month warranty.

3D printing is seeing rapid adoption and schools are starting to realise the many benefits that adding 3D printing to the curriculum can have, from inspiring pupils to helping to teach complex ideas

In 2012 and 2013 the Department for Education explored new and innovative ways of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and design subjects that realise the full potential of 3D printers in the classroom. Twenty-one schools participated in a pilot project to explore the potential benefits of using the device in STEM teaching. The scheme found that 3D printers helped to generate interest from students with poor concentration, encouraged collaboration across STEM subjects, had a significant impact on pupil engagement and showed significant potential as a teaching resource.

ABOVE: The scheme will allow schools to rent a KYOCERA CubePro 3D printer on a monthly basis for as little as £145 per month 

Richard Wells, National Sales Manager, Danwood, said: “3D printing is seeing rapid adoption and schools are starting to realise the many benefits that adding 3D printing to the curriculum can have, from inspiring pupils to helping to teach complex ideas. Being able to rent a 3D printer on a monthly basis removes the upfront investment while ensuring full compliance with procurement processes, and opens up the opportunity for all schools across the country who want to equip their students for the future.” 

W: www.danwood.com

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