MINNEAPOLIS–October 16, 2006–The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSYS), today announced availability of a specially designed 3D printing curriculum aimed at giving educators additional tools to integrate real-world 3D printing technology into their existing engineering and design programs.
Developed in coordination with leading educators and industry experts, the Dimension 3D Printing Learning Modules are included free of charge to educators with each new Dimension 3D Printer, including the recently introduced Dimension® 1200 Series or Dimension® 768 Series.
“Many of our education customers have expressed an interest in ways they can utilize their 3D printers as a learning tool in the classroom,” said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. “The Dimension 3D Printing Learning Modules are a fantastic way to introduce students to 3D printing technology while teaching them the foundational concepts of engineering and design.”
The learning modules consist of a series of lessons, including Theory of Shapes, Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Fasteners, Casting, and Gears and Cams. Each module provides hands-on activities to teach students basic engineering and design principles while using 3D printing, a technology that is rapidly becoming an integral part of many companies’ design toolsets.
Contributors to the development of the Dimension 3D Printing Learning Modules included Steve Bailes, engineering educator at Owensboro Technical College in Owensboro, Kent., and Terry Wohlers, recognized 3D printing industry expert and publisher of the Wohlers Report, an annual review and analysis of the rapid prototyping market.
“Enabling high school and college students with the skills to use real-world technology such as 3D printing will better help them succeed in a market where rapid prototyping tools are becoming more commonplace,” said Wohlers.
The news follows on the recent introduction of Dimension’s third annual “Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge,” a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students that awards scholarships to student winners. Whether it’s a new perspective on an everyday product or a fresh vision for updating a famous piece of art, animation or architecture, Dimension will award student winners $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships based on their design’s creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics.
The company also will award teachers of first place student winners in this year’s contest a notebook computer for use in the classroom. In addition, the teacher with the most student entries overall will receive a notebook computer for encouraging student participation in the contest. To qualify, the instructor’s name and email address should be included on the contest application form, available at www.dimensionprinting.com/education/extremeredesign.shtml.
About The Dimension 3D Printing Group
The Dimension 3D Printing Group is a business unit of Stratasys, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn. Dimension 3D printers–which include the Dimension 1200 and Dimension 768 Series–are networked, desktop modeling systems that provide CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) users a fast, office-friendly, low-cost alternative for building functional 3D prints. Dimension 3D printers build accurate models layer by layer using durable ABS plastic, allowing users to not only evaluate design concepts, but test 3D prints for functionality, form and fit. As the first large format desktop 3D printer that sells for less than $30,000, Dimension incorporates many key features found in modeling systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars more. For more information on Dimension 3D printers, visit www.dimensionprinting.com.