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This article was published on March 5, 2015

MakerBot launches Starter Lab to make 3D printing more accessible

MakerBot launches Starter Lab to make 3D printing more accessible
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MakerBot announced today its new initiative called Starter Lab. The aim of the project is to make 3D printing more accessible to schools and organizations.

The lab kit consists of MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printers, a Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner, MakerCare protection plans for the hardware, parts and materials and a customized, on-site training workshop. The package doesn’t include MakerBot’s composite material to print pseudo-wood, bronze, iron and limestone though.

Two schools in the US have already received the Starter Lab – the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill and Union College in Schenectady, New York. Whether this will truly catch and help bring 3D printing to the mainstream world, remains to be seen.

Schools and companies that are interested in availing of the Starter Lab can reach out to MakerBot for a quotation.

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