Polish Schools Have Started Printing in 3D with Zortrax

Poland’s educational institutions have begun using Zortrax’s M200 3D printers. Universities, high schools and specialized vocational schools – educating future designers, agricultural mechanizers and mechanics – have all started using Zortrax’s products (Source: Zortrax)

Poland’s educational institutions – Universities, high schools and specialized vocational schools – have begun using Zortrax’s M200 3D printers (Source: Zortrax)

The Ministry of Education has been looking into numerous possibilities to reform Poland’s educational system. A recently announced program aims to introduce students to computer programming, which will be taught during computer science classes starting from the first grade of primary school. Come 2017, classes designed to teach students how to properly “communicate” with machines will be conducted at all levels of education. Additionally, several Polish educational institutions have already started implementing 3D printing solutions.

“Studies have shown that Poland accounts for at least 10% of the global 3D printing market. Poland has a thriving 3D printing industry; at least several other companies, apart from us, are trying to develop and export their products abroad. I am glad that Polish schools have noticed this trend and that a decision was made to incorporate 3D printing into their educational programs. 3D printing has brought on lots of changes, and I think that it’s very good news that more and more educational institutions have started making attempts to respond and keep up with these changes,” comments Rafał Tomasiak, Zortrax’s CEO.

Amongst other schools, Zortrax’s products are being put to use by students of the Agricultural Education Centre in Stare Lubiejewo, which operates under the authority of Poland’s Ministry of Agriculture. 3D printing technology has become an integral part of the learning process for agricultural mechanization technicians, mechanics and agricultural vehicle and machinery operators. Teachers at the Agricultural Education Centre do confirm that the school’s 3D printing technology sparked a great interest amongst its students. They are currently working on plans to organize a 3D printing club. Andrzej Sakowicz, head of apprenticeship at the Agricultural Education Centre in Stare Lubiejewo, has emphasized that the relatively low cost of 3D printers and their components make it a reasonable investment for many schools. He claims that 3D printing offers many advantages; it helps develop a student’s imagination, their ability to combine theories with actual results, and helps them keep up to terms with new technologies.

Zortrax’s M200 3D printers are also being used by the students of Poznan’s prestigious School of Form. Thanks to Zortrax, the school has a total of five 3D printers at their disposal. They are used in teaching such subjects as computer-aided design, robotics, product design and parametric design. The school’s students are welcome to use the technology whilst writing their theses and dissertations.

Warsaw’s Zortrax Store, which opened towards the end of the recent year, holds lectures for students from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. (Zortrax)

Warsaw’s Zortrax Store, which opened towards the end of the recent year, holds lectures for students from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. (Zortrax)

Warsaw’s Zortrax Store, which opened towards the end of the recent year, holds lectures for students from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. The aim of these courses and lectures is for future artists and designers to familiarize themselves with 3D printing technology, so that they can then benefit from using such technological solutions in their future work.

As part of a tender organized by the Mazovia Development Agency towards the end of 2015, Zortrax has provided 180 public institutions such as schools, libraries and community centers in the Mazowieckie province with M200 3D printers. Furthermore, Zortrax has organized specialized courses and workshops, which are open to attendance by anyone interested in 3D printing. The company provided the necessary software and training materials, which include an e-learning platform, and has additionally supplied Mazovia’s public institutions with an annual reserve of printing materials and components. Zortrax’s 3D printing devices are made available to local communities as part of an initiative to popularize 3D printing technology, allowing for equal opportunities whilst also preventing the digital exclusion of smaller towns throughout the province. (Source: Zortrax)

Link: Zortrax S.A., Olsztyn, Poland

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