GE launches Additive Education Program 2018 with Ultimaker as new sponsor

GE is now accepting 2018 applications for its
Additive Education Program

The program,
now in its second year
, will see GE investing a total of
$10 million over five years in delivering polymer 3D printers
to schools, and metal 3D printers to colleges and universities
around the world.

The 2018 AEP has also gained a sponsor in

award winning 3D printer manufacturer
Ultimaker, which will
supply the program with 3D printers.

A program for 3D printing across all

In 2017, GE launched the AEP with the aim of
“enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D
printers” and “help accelerate the adoption of additive
manufacturing worldwide.”

The $10 million investment includes $2 million
to subsidize desktop 3D printers at primary and secondary
schools, with priority given to schools strongly committed to

The further $8 million has been set aside to
subsidize metal 3D printers at colleges and universities,
particularly for institutions with curriculum and/or research
underway in the area of additive manufacturing.

Each institution may submit an
which is assessed against set criteria.
The AEP 2018 has additionally introduced a new scheme allowing
any organization or individual to apply for a subsidy to
purchase 3D printers (enabled with the Polar Cloud
slicing software) and curricula on behalf of educational

A teacher supervising 3D printing with young school students. Photo via GE.A teacher supervising
3D printing with young school students. Photo via GE.

Building on the success of GEA

In January 2017, Cincinnati-based 3D printer
manufacturer Polar 3D was selected as the first recipient of
funding from GE. With the monet, Polar 3D supplied schools with
an educational package of 3D printers enabled with Polar Cloud,
professional training, STEAMtrax curriculum, and

After applications were received, over 400
K-12 level schools received two 3D printer packages each,
incorporating design with additive manufacturing and
professional development.

A further
eight colleges and universities across the US
and Australia
received a Concept Laser MLAB100R
metal additive manufacturing system in 2017, valued at
$250,000. Jason Oliver, CEO of GE Additive stated:

“It is estimated that 180,000 students
worldwide now have access to 3D printers as a result of the
Education Program. We are excited to continue the program in
2018 and give students across all grades exposure to additive

“This will help promote interest in STEM and
create a pipeline of qualified engineers and technicians to
accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing,” Oliver

GE Australia CEO Max York (L) with Univeristy of New South Wales staff after receiving a concept laser as part of the AEP. Photo via Maja Baska/GE.GE Australia CEO Max York
(L) with University of New South Wales staff after receiving a
Concept Laser 3D printer as part of the AEP. Photo via Maja

Ultimaker joins the 2018 GEA

In addition to its Pioneer Program for
educators, sponsorship of the
 Construct3D education
conferences, and
partnership with the CREATE Education
, Ultimaker has now joined the AEP as a
sponsor, and has Polar Cloud-enabled its 3D printers for use in
the program. Polar 3D President Greg LaLonde said:

“As we enter year two of the AEP, we have
seen the benefits of enabling schools with additive
technologies. Students are learning at a young age to use
digital tools to help boost creativity and productivity, and
to prepare themselves for the quickly-changing

“Ultimaker has a proven track record of making
3D printing affordable and accessible across broad bands of
education and professional settings, and we’re proud to have
them join the effort,” LaLonde added. 

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Featured image shows the Polar 3D printer in use by
students. Photo via Polar 3D.

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