3D printing service bureau Sculpteo has launched the Fabpilot Education Program.
With this program, institutions will be able to integrate Sculpteo’s cloud-based management software into their 3D printing efforts. The service provides a wide array of educational tools in order to increase the efficiency and reduce the operating costs of 3D printers. The online program aims to help students and teachers to better integrate 3D printing technologies into everyday use.
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Founded in 2009 by Eric Carreel and Clément Moreau, Sculpteo provides on-demand 3D printing services for production and rapid prototyping. Its systems specialise in laser sintering or stereolithography (SLA) based technologies.
Created by Sculpteo after eight years of in-house development, Fabpilot is a Software as a Service (SaaS) that allows third parties to manage their 3D printing fleet. Fabpilot is a stand-alone cloud-based solution, with no software download required, providing users with 24/7 access and allowing for easy collaboration with other users.
According to Sculpteo, even though 3D printing technology is fairly accessible, many institutions lack the knowledge to make the most of their resources. With the Fabpilot Education Program, schools now have the right tools to expand their 3D printing activities.
The program comes with educational tools for 3D printing design, orientation and nesting software to improve the quality of the projects, project quotations, and order tracking. It also allows for students and teachers to review projects in real-time, the ability to monitor machines and material usage, and cloud-based storage for designs.
The education program covers the entire 3D printing process; from product design to manufacturing, allowing for reduced lead times and costs, while improving the quality of parts.
According to Clément Moreau, CEO and co-founder of Sculpteo and Fabpilot: “We (Sculpteo) believe that 3D printing is radically changing the landscape of industrial manufacturing. Every day we see this technology’s benefits for our customers,”
“To bring this technology to future generations, we have decided to push things further by launching the Fabpilot Education Program. Whether for elementary, secondary, university, or postgraduate usage, Fabpilot is committed to the development of the next generation of 3D printing pioneers.”
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With the need for a speciality skilled workforce the industry has seen a number of 3D printing educational tools introduced to the market. 3Dexter, a 3D printing focused educational technology company, has provided teachers with the educational tools needed to teach students the basics of 3D printing.
Furthermore, at a higher education level, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers an online course on additive manufacturing (AM). Similarly, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry has partnered with several universities to form a skills competency framework for additive manufacturing. The program will be offered to students aged 16-18, in an effort to increase 3D printing competency in the UK.
In our Future of 3D Printing thought leadership series, Clement Moreau discussed his views on the importance of 3D printing software, stating:
“When it comes to 3D printing, software is obviously a major issue. You need high-performance tools to make the most of additive manufacturing. Either for design or for production optimization, developing user-friendly software is a challenge. I already feel that there is a high demand for finding an answer to this need.”
The Fabpilot Education Program will be available at the starting price of $99 per month.
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Featured image shows Sculpteo software being used to design a bike. Photo via Sculpteo.