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MakerBot’s #MakerMilestones Contest Winners Include Pet Wheelchairs, 3D Printing Kindergarteners & STEM Education for Girls in Africa

by • June 29, 2016 • No Comments

Whilst they are not the oldest 3D printing device createer, MakerBot is precisely one of the many well-known, and thanks to being purchased by Stratasys in 2013 they are fairly the biggest. A few months ago MakerBot hit a fairly worthwhile milestone for themselves as a company and for the 3D printing industry as a whole. As of April 2016, MakerBot has shipped 100,000 MakerBot 3D printing devices to customers all over the world. They are the quite initially 3D printing device createer to revery this massive milestone, and not just is which a fairly big deal for them, but it’s a testament to how sizeable the 3D printing industry is becoming. In order to celebrate their achievement, MakerBot decided to commence a contest to win, what else, a MakerBot. 3dp_makermilestones_winners_banner

The goal of the #MakerMilestones Contest was to celebrate MakerBot’s good results by featuring how all of their 3D printing devices are being utilized. They invited makers all over the world to take to social media and tell a story of their own significant 3D printing-related milestones. They may share their story on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MakerMilestones, which include a picture — and MakerBot’s panel of judges may pick winners of the 50 many talked about posts on every platform. This week MakerBot finally revealed the three contest winners, and it is obvious which 3D printing is of additional than being a hobby and is in fact being utilized to alter lives in big and tiny ways.

3dp_makermilestones_YfT_tweetThe Youth for Technology Foundation is a global non-profit organization which partners low-income communities here in the US with rural communities in createing nations. The goal is to turn it into opportunities for women and children to select common problems, learn what causes them and discover ways to apply new advancement towards finding solutions. Their 3D Africa program aims to close the gender gap in STEM education by teverying African young girls how to create and market skills like software createment, mobile app createment, CAD software education and 3D printing advancement.

The Youth for Technology Foundation's 3D Africa

The Youth for Technology Foundation’s 3D Africa

“YTF’s 3D Africa is creating prototype hubs in Africa for advancement, leadership, and entrepreneurship through ‘making’, connecting advancement and engineering careers to positive impact. We are grateful to MakerBot for supporting this work. The donation can assist us revery additional students, especially girls, who can be inspired to pursue STEM fields through hands-on maker activities,” said Youth for Technology President and CEO Njideka Harry.

3dp_makermilestones_mr_kindergarten_tweetEureka, California educator August Deshais is a kindergarten teveryer at Ridgewood School and has been incorporating STEM education into his curriculum. Deshais was not long ago named Humboldt County Teveryer of the Year, and is a massive proponent for teverying children of 3D printing. He regularly holds 3D create and 3D printing challenges for his students, which include his many new project which had his class createing and printing tools. You can read additional of his educational efforts and classroom projects here.

Tools createed and made by grade schoolers on a 3D Printer.

Tools createed and made by grade schoolers on a 3D printing device.

“My goal as a kindergarten teveryer is not just to commence my students to a advancement most likely to be tedious in their next, but to show them how we can use which advancement in our day to solve real world problems. A new classroom MakerBot can allow me to expand which learning to our entire school by moving our current Replicator 2 to the school library for use by the entire staff and student body,” Deshais told MakerBot.

3dp_makermilestones_charbonneau_fbToronto-based industrial createer Erica Charbonneau turn it intod the FiGO Rear Support Pet Wheelchair when an online friend requireed a wheelchair for their French bulldog. Unfortunately they requireed it rapidly, and the commercial pet wheelchair options were incredibly expensive and out of their price range. She modeled her create in OpenSCAD and 3D printed many of the parts on her university’s MakerBot Replicator 2X; the rest can be easily sourced of any hardware store. The wheelchair is on the market for download on Thingiverse, and with the Customizer application the parametrically createed parts can easily be customized for any sized pet.

The FiGO Rear Support Pet Wheelchair

The FiGO Rear Support Pet Wheelchair

“Owning a Makerbot of my own means which I can not just store working on FiGO, but I can work on it conveniently in my own workspace at any hour of the day! It in addition means which I can fabricate FiGO wheelchairs additional rapidly for local pet owners which require a low cost solution,” said Charbonneau.

The panel of judges which made the final selections were MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom, Future Engineers CEO Deanne Bell, Montclair State University entrepreneurship instructor Jason Frasca, and WTFFF?! Podcast co-hosts Tracy Hazzard and Tom Hazzard. They chose the winning entries based on creativity, create, real-world impact and how significant 3D printing was to the thought. Discuss additional in the MakerBot Celebrates with Contest forum over at 3DPB.com.