Ultimaker unveils Pioneer Program, promoting 3D printing in education

Ultimaker collaborates with North American educators – bringing 3D printing to the nationwide curriculum.

Ultimaker, a market-leading 3D printer manufacturer, today announced the official launch of the Ultimaker Pioneer Program. The scheme introduces 3D printing and design to North American students – both K-12 and higher education.

Ultimaker Education Website

As part of the Pioneer Program, educators (‘Pioneers’) can access 3D printing content on the Ultimaker Education website, which can be shared with students. The site welcomes contributions, and users maintain content ownership through Creative Commons Attribution, Share-Alike and Non-Commercial licensing. Through the Ultimaker Education site, educators throughout North America have access to resources and knowledge that are not commonly available.

3D Printing Educators

Teaching 3D modeling and printing in our schools is a new educational endeavor. Faculty are on the front lines, figuring out the best methods of teaching as we continue to learn about the topic ourselves. It’s smart to tap into what’s already happening in classrooms throughout the world and the Ultimaker Pioneer Program will help educators build a base of knowledge upon everyone’s experience.
Burton Isenstein, Adjunct Assistant Professor at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

The Ultimaker Pioneer Program now has a community presence in 21 states; with 58 educators actively promoting 3D printing to students.

Pioneering Steps

The Ultimaker Pioneer Program is the first of its kind. It unites North American educators, enabling them to share 3D printing knowledge with students and other educators alike.

We’re thrilled to facilitate this program, assisting in enhancing the way young generations create with technology.
John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America
The greatest benefit of this program is the facilitation of collaboration and innovation amongst education professionals in the field of 3D design and manufacturing.
Geoff Frankl, Technology Coordinator at IvyTech Charter School at Moorpark, California

“All of this will translate into modern curricula involving this burgeoning technology, the paramount goal of which will be transforming today’s youth into tomorrow’s well-trained and globally-competitive employee or entrepreneur.”

To learn more about the Ultimaker Pioneer Progam, visit the Ultimaker Education website.

About Ultimaker

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europa and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing.