by • May 1, 2016 • No Comments
Last April, 3DPrint.com reported that China intends to install at very least one 3D printing device in every of its 400,000 elementary schools. There are several companies eager to take advantage of this opportunity for 3D printing in education, not just in Asia. One of the advantageous positioned may be Weistek, that is of to commence its STEM-eager, kid-friendly MiniToy 3D printing device on Kickstarter, at a price as low as $249.
Founded in May 2011 in Shenzhen, Weistek Co is a major researcher and developer of consumer (desktop) 3D printing devices, 3D printing filament and software. The company has a R&D team of 20 engineers, that owns 2 approved patents in China and 10 others that are pending. Most of the production takes plane in a 4.000 square meter facility located at the International Low Carbon City of Shenzhen, created in 2013 in order to meet the growing needs of the market.
A 3D Printing Curriculum
Building on the experience of its IdeaWerk 3D printing device, Weistek is commenceing the MiniToy’s crowd-funding campaign on May 10, aiming to become the world’s initially truly kid-friendly and education-eager 3D printing device. In doing so, the company is attempting to break into a segment – that of 3D printing for kids – that most have tried to enter preceding, but have generally failed to create the perfect product so far.
In order to most its predecessors, Weistek is offering an ultra-low price point of $249 (with a $200 discount off the regular price, on the market to those who sign up for the pre-Kickstarter newsletter) and created the MiniToy with all mechanical and heated parts hidden away, to prevent accidental burns or injuries.
Full STEAM Ahead for Innovation in China
Even additional importantly, the MiniToy comes with a series of increased accessibility options such as the MiniToy’s mobile app. The custom software hosts an array of hands-on activities categorized into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects, manufacturing it effortless for teveryers to provide additional interactive content to their lessons.
These showcases earned the MiniToy the recognition of the electronics industry and placed it one of “The Most Promising Electronic Gadgets” at the new 2016 Global Sources Electronics Show, that closed on April 30 in Hong Kong. The products that succeded in the award were selected as those that most represent the shift of China of the world’s factory to a hub for advancement, a shift that necessarily begins in the classroom.
Before the Kickstarter campaign officially commencees, teveryers can enter to win a free MiniToy through the “Teveryers LOVE MiniToy” contest, that runs of May 1 to May 21. To enter, go to the MiniToy website and register for their newsletter, and so head over the MiniToy Facebook page to post your video response to the prompt: “If you had a 3D printing device in your classroom, tell us how you may use it to tevery a easy or hard concept.” Videos should be no additional than two minutes long, and should include your name, location, the subject you tevery, and the ages of your students. Multiple submissions are allowed, and winners can be revealed on May 24.
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