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Makerbot launches SKETCH Classroom – technical specifications and pricing

MakerBot, the Brooklyn-based manufacturer of the METHOD 3D printer and Stratasys subsidiary, has introduced the SKETCH Classroom, an additive manufacturing package for educational environments. This includes two systems of the company’s latest FDM 3D printer, the SKETCH, as well as six PLA spools, four build plates, two spatulas, and two snip tools.

“With SKETCH, we are changing the way 3D printing is used in schools and advancing the possibilities of learning to boost student innovation,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot. “We believe that SKETCH Classroom is the best 3D printing setup for the classroom, with an ideal student-to-printer ratio, making 3D printing more accessible to students, and setting educators up for 3D printing success.”

The MakerBot SKETCH Classroom. Image via MakerBot.
The MakerBot SKETCH Classroom package. Image via MakerBot.

The MakerBot SKETCH Classroom

The SKETCH Classroom is designed to enable both teachers and students to problem-solve using 3D printing. It provides 12 licenses, two for teachers and ten for students, for the MakerBot Certification programa training program on 3D printer operations and its creative capabilities. The two SKETCH 3D printers included within the Classroom package then allows students to create their own models.

MakerBot Cloud, a fully-connected platform, enables teachers to manage the 3D printing files so they may 3D print their students’ projects from any browser. This software is integrated with TinkerCad, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Onshape. Over 600 lesson plans are currently available through Thingiverse Education for grade levels and common subject curriculum. 

SKETCH Classroom 3D printers. Image via MakerBot.
SKETCH Classroom 3D printers. Image via MakerBot.

The SKETCH 3D printer

The SKETCH 3D printer features a 150mm x 150mm x 150mm build volume as well as a built-in particulate filter, enclosed chamber, and touch screen controls. It is UL-Certified and is safe to use in the classroom.

Overall, the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom package, includes two SKETCH 3D printers, 12 MakerBot Certification program licenses, MakerBot Cloud, six PLA Spools, four Build Plates, two Spatulas, and two snip tools. It is currently priced from $1799.

The SKETCH 3D printer touch screen interface. Image via MakerBot.
The SKETCH 3D printer touch screen interface. Image via MakerBot.

Technical specifications and pricing 

Print Technology FDM
Product Weight 11.8 kg [26 lb]
Printer Dimensions 433.4mm (H) x 423.1mm (W) x 365.0mm (D)
Layer Resolution 100-400 microns. Print mode tuned for 200 microns
Material Compatibility MakerBot Sketch PLA, MakerBot Sketch Tough
Material Diameter 1.75 mm
Extruder MakerBot Sketch Extruder
Nozzle Diameter 0.4 mm
Build Plate Leveling Heated with removable flexible build surface
Ambient Operating Temperature 15­-30°C
Camera resolution 2 megapixels
Connectivity USB, Ethernet, Wi­fi
Software Bundle MakerBot Print Software
Operating Systems Windows (7, 10)/Mac OS X (10.12+)
CAD Plugins SolidWorks, Autodesk Fusion 360, Onshape, Autodesk Inventor
Supported File Types MakerBot, STL, SolidWorks, InventorOBJ, IGES, STEP, CATIA, Wavefront Object, Unigraphics/NX, Solid Edge, ProE/Creo, VRML

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Featured image shows the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom. Image via MakerBot.