MAKERBOT INNOVATION CENTER EQUIPS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH CAREER READINESS

Celebrates the First Innovation Center Installation in Asia Pacific

Equips Students with Required Skillsets and Enriches Learning Experience

 

HONG KONG – May 25, 2016 – Stratasys Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, is pleased to announce the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia Pacific at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), equipping the students with required skillsets for future career development in today’s rapidly evolving job market. PolyU is joining a growing number of leading universities across the globe that hosts a MakerBot Innovation Center to empower students to invent and innovate.

The establishment of the MakerBot Innovation Center at the University teaching and research facilities in 3D Printing at PolyU signifies a unique opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to create an atmosphere of collaboration and learn about 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

“By introducing the MakerBot Innovation Center, we strive to integrate digital design and 3D printing in the students’ curriculum, enriching their learning experiences whilst enhancing their career readiness,” said Professor H.C. Man, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of PolyU.  “The MakerBot Innovation Center allows broader access to 3D printing and inspires creativity, which is well aligned with the university’s mission.  Students from different faculties and schools are invited to experience the 3D printing journey.”


MakerBot Innovation Center with 30 MakerBot Replicators® in the PolyU teaching and research facilities in 3D printing.

A MakerBot Innovation Center is a large-scale 3D printing installation designed to empower universities and organizations to innovate faster, collaborate better, and compete more effectively. These Centers are centralized, scalable 3D printing hubs with large clusters of MakerBot 3D Printers that concentrate 3D printing resources and knowledge in one centralized location with easy access to everyone.  

As the economy and the job market are changing, we note that 3D printing is becoming a popular tool to teach 21st century skills that employers are looking for, such as STEAM literacy, collaboration, problem-solving and applying knowledge to the real world. 3D printing enables students to tackle real-world problems in clear, tangible ways—at any grade level. With MakerBot, students can master the same technology that is driving the jobs of tomorrow.

“PolyU has always been a pioneer in advocating advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing),” said Shiry Saar, General Manager of MakerBot APJ.  “We are excited to see the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia at PolyU, offering their students an advantage in the job market after graduation. Reports indicate that learning from trials, working collaboratively across disciplines and managing a product from concept to a physical product are skills that employers are looking for.  We look forward to seeing the new ideas that the access to 3D printing in PolyU inspires.”

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About MakerBot

MakerBot believes there's an innovator in everyone, and sets the standard in reliability and ease of use. As a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, MakerBot offers a set of solutions that illuminate and guide every stage of the 3D printing process, making it easy to go from idea to end result. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has the largest install base in the industry with more than 100,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers sold to date. MakerBot also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D design community in the world. The company's industry-leading customers include designers, educators, engineers, and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.

About Stratasys

For more than 25 years, Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force and dominant player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing – shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The company’s solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and manufacturing flexibility – reducing time-to-market and lowering development costs, while improving designs and communications. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the Stratasys ecosystem includes 3D printers for prototyping and production; a wide range of 3D printing materials; parts on-demand via Stratasys Direct Manufacturing; strategic consulting and professional services; and the Thingiverse and GrabCAD communities with over 2 million 3D printable files for free designs.  With more than 2,700 employees and 800 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents, Stratasys has received more than 30 technology and leadership awards. Visit us online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com/, and follow us on LinkedIn.

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