Training a nation of Makers with 3D carvers

Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN -June 20, 2016

Three years ago, President Obama hosted the first ever White House Maker Faire and launched the Nation of Makers initiative. Last summer, Zach Kaplan, Inventables founder/CEO, jumped on the bandwagon with a promise that he would donate one of its kid-friendly Carvey 3D carving machines to one school in each of the fifty states.

Now, a year later, he's got an even bigger goal: to make sure that each of the 98,817 kindergarten through 12th grade schools in the United States have a chance to have one in the next decade. "We are falling behind a little bit when you look at other countries in terms of math, science and engineering," Kaplan told EBN in an interview. "We need a big push to help kids get experience in design thinking earlier in their education." 

That's an audacious goal, but that's the kind of thinking that the electronics industry needs to address the talent gap for engineers, supply chain managers, and manufacturing pros that is looming for the electronics industry. The company has launched a program to let schools (students, teachers, parents, or supportive community members) launch a mini-crowdfunding effort and get a 3D carver for itself.

"We want to make traditionally industrial technology both accessible and exciting," Kaplan said. "A 3D carver makes design real and tangible. You can go from an idea in your head to a finished product in no time. Students get excited when something digital can be made physical."

You can view a video of the announcement here:

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