3D model marketplace CGTrader.com has rolled out a new 3D printing challenge that will center around the growing importance of additive manufacturing technology in education and seek to encourage its large community of 3D professionals to create designs needed by schools and universities.
Whether or not we believe that 3D printing is on the cusp of mainstream, its transformative impact on a number of sectors, including medical, engineering, digital, creative and many others, is unquestionable. Tomorrow's engineers, designers and inventors are currently in schools, so equipping them with skills and knowledge about the technology that they'll meet so many times in their lives is essential if we want to pave the path for future innovation.
"We strongly believe that 3D printing has the capacity to push innovation and help teachers experiment with more interactive class activities. Introducing 3D printers into the classroom is also the only reliable way to expose kids to this cutting-edge technology and prepare them for their future careers", said Marius Kalytis, founder and CEO of CGTrader.com.
Designers are invited to create 3D models that would assist kids with learning hard-to-grasp concepts of science, technology, engineering, maths, design or other disciplines, as well as help teachers inject excitement and innovation into the process of learning. The challenge sponsors include Cartesio3d, The 3D Printing Store, 3D Buzz, Tinkercad and there are several cash prizes from CGTrader.com. The challenge closes on March 18, 2015.
A community-backed 3D model marketplace CGTrader.com was founded in 2011 with a mission to democratize the 3D modelling and 3D design market. With more than 100 000 registered users, the company unites 3D modelling professionals from all around the world. There are more than 106 000 3D models uploaded to the digital library. CGTrader is backed by Practica Capital, a seed and venture funds based in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is financed from the Operational Programme for Economic Growth 2007-2013 under the JEREMIE initiative in Lithuania, by the European Regional Development Fund. The company has also raised funding from Intel Capital to strengthen community and its position in 3D printing market.