Autodesk adds its software to the package for students


MakerBot is answering President Obama's call to prepare America's students for the next industrial revolution – the 3D printing revolution – with a crowd funding campaign to put their printers in classrooms across the country by drastically cutting their price.

Donors can pledge their help at, a crowd funding site dedicated to educators.

Teachers can also visit the site to apply for a "Makerbot Academy Bundle," which includes a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer, three spools of PLA filament and a one year warranty. The package will also include Autodesk software and the company's curriculum.

This package would normally cost $2,693, but is being offered to teachers at $2,000 through the Makerbot Academy, as long as the funding campaign is successful.

"To get this done, we are going to have to do it together," MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said.

In his State of the Union Address in February, President Obama said, "3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. We must ensure that the next industrial revolution in manufacturing will happen in America. We can get that done."

The idea is turn America back into a nation of makers, not just consumers.

"Autodesk signed on as a key partner in the MakerBot Academy initiative because helping students unlock their creativity and prepare for future careers is a core part of our mission," Autodesk Vice President Samir Hanna said. "Bringing together accessible applications like Autodesk TinkerCAD project-based curriculum from our community and the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will inspire and engage the next generation of design-minded students."

MakerBot is also launching a Math Manipulatives Challenge on its Web site, Thingiverse.

The challenge, which runs through November 18th, is a call for Thingiverse community members to quickly develop a variety of different math manipulative 3D designs that can then be available immediately to teachers who receive the MakerBot Academy 3D printing package.

Math manipulatives are physical teaching aides to help students learn math, such as a pie with removable pieces that helps students learn about fractions.