Last week during the National Week of Making, President Obama asked people to help expand student access to 3D printers and other new technologies, and Chicago-based Inventables is answering the call by giving a 3D carver to a school in every state.
“By the end of the decade we want a 3D carver in every school in the USA,” Inventables wrote on its website. “To kickstart the project, we have committed to President Obama and the White House to donate a 3D carver to a school in every state.”
This isn’t the first time Inventables–a maker of 3D carving tools, software, and accessories–has given away 3D carvers. Last year it held a contest to get a 3D carving machine in a public maker space in every state.
In 2014 President Obama launched the Nation of Makers initiative, which aims to give students, entrepreneurs, and other citizens greater access to things like 3D printers, laser cutters, and desktop machine tools.
“As the maker movement grows, I continue to call on all Americans to help unlock the potential of our Nation and ensure these opportunities reach all our young people, regardless of who they are or where they come from,” Obama said in a statement.
Inventables says the contest will take three rounds, and applicants will be invited to participate in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
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