3D printer manufacturer Polar 3D has just completed the acquisition of STEAMtrax from 3D Systems. STEAMtrax is a curriculum integrating engineering, CAD modelling and 3D printing technology with academic knowledge in fields of science, math, language arts, social studies and art.
The STEAMtrax curriculum is currently available for students from kindergarden to 8th grade. A curriculum dedicated to high school students will be launched this August. It will support Polar 3D’s mission to introduce and expand 3D printing in education to inspire students to innovate and think like entrepreneurs.
Greg LaLonde, CEO of Polar 3D, said: “With 3D Systems exit from the consumer market, we saw an opportunity to partner with them and continue their great work and momentum in the education space. We welcome the tens of thousands of teachers and students on STEAMtrax and look forward to enhancing their 3D experience by improving their ability to collaborate, learn and interact socially and virtually via our Polar Cloud.”
Dee Kerr, former CEO of STEAMtrax and most recently VP for Global K-12 Education at 3D Systems, joins Polar 3D as its President.
“When I first saw the Polar Cloud, I was amazed by the platform’s capabilities,” noted Dee. “The Polar Cloud allows students and educators the ability to easily manage, store, and share STL files with a click of a button. There is also a camera built into each printer so it is easy to view projects remotely as they build, or you can watch a time-lapse video to observe how the print layers from start to completion. I knew immediately that Polar 3D was the right choice for us.”