Shapeways and The New York Public Library respond to the call of the White House to action for the National Week of Making by introducing a free curriculum to teach the entrepreneurial side of 3D printing and 3D modelling.
A free and open source curriculum will be provided through the Library’s TechConnect program to educate the public in order for them to be able to further engage with the technology and become entrepreneurs of their own 3D creations. The collaboration will start this fall with a pilot program offering a series of courses over a period of ten weeks.
Pete Weijmarshausen, CEO and Founder of 3D printing service company Shapeways, said: “Shapeways’ platform enables everyone to make amazing products using 3D printing. We know many people are eager and inspired to learn more and unleash the power of digital manufacturing. The New York Public Library is the perfect partner for us to develop public access education to bring our mission to life well beyond any individual workshop.”
Additional, a comprehensive, turn-key curriculum for the library’s tech education staff will be developed in order to enable them to offer courses according to demand.
Lauren Slowik, Shapeways Education and Design Evangelist, explains: “We worked closely with the library’s education staff. The courses will focus on three unique topics including entrepreneurship and how to sell your creations, advanced manufacturing design software and 3D printing in different materials. Armed with this knowledge, more people can now turn their creative ideas into something real.”
The partnership of Shapeways and The New York Public Library is a long-term commitment, with further courses to follow the pilot program, among them courses to teach the library staff. Any public library across the USA will be able to offer this program to their patrons.