iMakr, a 3D printing store, is giving schools a 50 percent discount on one of its devices in a bid to get the devices in the hands of more pupils around the UK.
The London-based company, which claims to have the largest 3D printing store in the world, is offering schools the discount through an Education Sponsorship Program that has been established with 3D printer manufacturer FlashForge.
"With our first co-sponsor - FlashForge - we are offering the FlashForge Dreamer 3D printer to schools for £499 instead of the standard £999," the company said in an email today.
iMakr said it will also offer schools on-site training and support, as well as 3D printing materials and printable STEM files from MyMiniFactory.com.
The Clerkenwell startup is inviting schools, students and parents to find out more via email.
An increasing number of UK schools are likely to be in the market for 3D printers following changes to the national computing curriculum that were introduced in September. The changes are designed to give students a better idea of how to code, while also introducing them to new technologies such as 3D printing.
Today's offer comes just over a year after iMakr launched its own 3D printing school for businesses and individuals. The £29 one-hour self-tutorials take place in the company's store and cover how to design an object, how to start a 3D printer and how to calibrate a 3D printer.
At the end of each session the student is able to take away one of the six 3D printed items that they should have designed and created, providing the lesson went to plan. The relatively basic items include a piece of Lego and a plastic moustache.
Last year, a report revealed that certain 3D printers could pose health risks if they were used in poorly-ventillated environments.
"Obviously running a machine 24/7 in a tiny room with no ventilation at all is not recommended if that's your newborn's bedroom," said iMakr founder Sylvain Preumont in response to the report last year. "Running a machine in a large ventilated room like we do here in the world's largest 3D printing store, is most probably safe.
"There are risks that you want to monitor and mitigate. Like riding a bicycle, giving mobile calls, or walking outside in the pollution of our large cities. And operating a 3D printer as well, maybe."
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