3D Printing Education for up to 300 Kids at TCT Show 2013

In a significant move that bolsters TCT’s reputation for offering good, free information, Rapid News Communications Group (RNCG) — in collaboration with 3D Systems Corporation and Black County Atelier (BCA) — has announced a new initiative for the TCT Event that will take place in Birmingham, UK in September.  The 2013 TCT Bright Minds UK programme will see a classroom built in the heart of the exhibition floor where up to 300 schoolchildren will be afforded the opportunity to get their hands on 3D CAD and 3D Printing technologies in a workshop setting. Black Country Atelier will run the sessions with the equipment being provided free-of-charge by 3D Systems.

Duncan Wood, Chief Operating Officer at Rapid News Communications Group expanded: “We have been running TCT Bright Minds UK for a number of years as part of the TCT show but have always wanted to have a greater impact on a wider range of students. This exciting new partnership for 2013 enables us to do just that. Black Country Atelier are experts in delivering education sessions in this technology area and the huge amount of equipment generously provided free of charge by 3D Systems means we are now able to scale this programme up and have a much bigger impact. We are looking forward to working with BCA and 3D Systems to really inspire the next generation of designers and engineers.”

Jing Lu, Partner at BCA expands “3D Printing can be an incredibly intuitive and rewarding way for young people to engage with technology. We have been working with schools across the country to make 3D Printing accessible in the curriculum; preparing students for a new industrial revolution in design and fabrication.  From hands on workshops in CAD and 3D printing, to tours of the TCT Show + Personalize led by industry experts, we are hugely excited to be part of a programme that will give hundreds of students and teachers experience of this technology.”

Cathy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer of 3D Systems commented on the partnership. “We are excited to partner with Rapid News and their TCT Show and BCA on this new education initiative. It is an area that we are hugely committed to as we bring 3D printing to students and classrooms across the globe in an accessible and affordable way, this especially helps us expand our outreach in the UK.”

The programme is designed for students in Secondary School education in the UK. Each session will last approximately two hours and will also give participants entry to TCT Show + Personalize. Industry led tours of the TCT Show + Personalize can also be arranged. Schools within the UK wishing to participate should contact Jing Lu ([email protected]) to register their interest and discuss how they can get involved. The places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


About 3D Systems

3D Systems is a leading global provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides CAD modeling, reverse engineering and inspection software tools and consumer 3D printers, apps and services. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing and manufacturing new products. 3D Systems products and services are used to rapidly design, communicate, prototype or produce real functional parts, empowering customers to create and make with confidence.

More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com

About Black Country Atelier

Black Country Atelier is a 3D printing workshop based in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, UK. The Atelier’s 3D Factory runs a regular programme of workshops and classes, and is a space where everyone from designers through to hobbyists can use and explore the latest technologies available including 3D printing and scanning tools. BCA also deliver tailor made events and workshops for schools and cultural venues.

More information on the company is available at www.blackcountryatelier.com

About Rapid News Communications Group

Rapid News Communications Group is a leading international B2B and B2C communications company that serves communities in design, engineering, manufacturing and sales across diverse industries. It has been the de facto source of information for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing for 20 years and delivers industry-defining content and through print, digital, online and live event platforms including TCT Magazine, the TCT Show + Personalize event, www.tctmagazine.com and www.prsnlz.me

More information on the event and programme is available at www.tctshow.com

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