GE Additive Education Program reaches our schools 


The GE Additive Education Program’s (AEP) 2018 cycle has awarded a polymer 3D printing package to more than 600 primary and secondary schools in 30 countries. Each package includes hardware, software and science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum and will be delivered by 30 September 2018.  

In Australia GE is providing 103 primary and secondary schools with polymer 3D printers, software and education materials to give students a “hands-on additive manufacturing experience”. With it, our students will be provided with a learning program – created by Adelaide-based startup Makers Empire and STEAMtrax – to help them translate their visions into 3D printed creations.

The program is expected to reach around 30,000 students in Australia.

“Additive’s time is now.  It is already transforming how we design, engineer and manufacture complex and everyday items.  But we have to keep an eye on the future and ensure we have enough engineers, coders and materials scientists coming through the education system to fulfill the potential of additive manufacturing,” said Jason Oliver, President & CEO, GE Additive.

“Additive manufacturing will be one of the biggest disruptors in the future of industry, and Australia has a huge opportunity to lead in this globally,” said CEO of GE APAC, Wouter Van Wersch at an event at one of the selected schools, North Sydney Demonstration School, earlier this week.

Australia had the second-highest number of schools chosen for the program, after the United States, which shows “we are punching above our weight in this rapidly growing industry,” added the CEO of GE Australia, Max York.

GE Additive has made a significant financial commitment over five years to invest in educational programs to deliver polymer 3D printers to primary and secondary schools and metal 3D printers to colleges and universities around the world.

Colleges and universities that will be awarded a metal additive manufacturing system as part of the AEP will be announced late June.'


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