MakerBot announces Startup Lab for schools, businesses

Nate Swanner - Mar 4, 2015, 9:00 am CST
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MakerBot announces Startup Lab for schools, businesses

Today, MakerBot is announcing Starter Lab, an initiative to get schools up and running with 3D printing. The program provides schools everything they need to start creating, with a printer, parts and materials, and even a workshop custom designed to the school’s needs. The program is open to all schools and levels of education; even kids as young as kindergarten can start 3D printing, now. Two colleges have already purchased MakerBot’s Starter Lab, which is available now to interested schools.


The goal of MakerBot’s Starter Lab is to create early education on 3D printing, and get kids started early with creating. The Starter Lab gives every school the tools they need, which can be custom fit to the school’s budgetary concerns, available space, and overall desire with regard to 3D printing.

It’s reminiscent of computers first working their way into schools. At the time, low-cost computers led to the founding of computer labs. The base level Starter Kit includes the following:

4 MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers
1 MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
1 MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
1 MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner
10 swappable MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruders
80 spools of the most popular MakerBot PLA Filament True, Translucent, and specialty colors (include Small, Large and XXL)
Cart, Spool Holder, and grease packet for MakerBot Replicator Z18
Racking and build plate tape

With the lab equipment, MakerBot also sends a trainer to your location. You’ll also get expert installation.

Starter Lab might be aimed at schools, but MakerBot isn’t limiting it to just education. Start Lab is also open to businesses, where MakerBot says “a MakerBot Starter Lab can provide a competitive advantage as an investment in future technology that fuels new ideas and growth. 3D printing can speed up innovation and iteration, help facilitate Real-Time Prototyping and shorten product design cycles.”

Interested parties can reach out to MakerBot via the link below to check Starter Lab out. Though Starter Lab offers all you see above, it can be custom fit for your needs as well.

Source: MakerBot Starter Lab


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