3D printing offers affordable way to make during National Week of Making

This month, students, teachers and adults are gearing up to create, innovate and tinker in celebration of National Week of Making (June 17- June 23).

This year’s festivities continue the initiative that began in June 2014 when President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and issued a call to action that “every company, every college, every community, every citizen joins us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.” Last year, he built on the single event by proclaiming a National Week of Making and inviting people of all ages to hold events around the country celebrating ingda Vinci Minienuity, inspiring creative problem-solving, and supporting opportunities for those from all backgrounds to tinker and make.

Since our inception, XYZprinting has put a spotlight on making and paved the way for hands-on, creative and educational activities, such as 3D printing and robotics, to be affordable and accessible to all. Our recent COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 award win for our $269 3D printer, the da Vinci Mini, recognized the innovation and affordability of our products. And in January, we received the CES Editors’ Choice Award for the Mini. Below are a few other products that can be used to bolster creativity and delight makers of all ages during the National Week of Making.

  • XYZmaker and XYZmaker lite: XYZmaker, a 3D modeling application, and XYZmaker lite, the Windows OS, Android and iOS mobile apps, are the perfect solutions for young designers to edit projects intuitively in the classroom. Both provide a solution and service to expedite the process from design to print.
  • XYZ STEAM: An online curriculum exchange program best-suited for STEAM educators to incorporate 3D printing seamlessly into the classroom. Curricula consist of downloadable 3D printing models, assembly instructions, photos, videos and operation instructions that stimulate learning.
  • da Vinci 3D Pen: Our 3D Pen is a borderless imagination come to life. The PLA filament gets pushed through the tip of t3D Pen imagehe pen so that it comes out melted, but cools quickly so that users can draw 3D objects in minutes. The 3D Pen doesn’t require a computer or software to operate and is great for DIY and craft projects. It’s currently available for pre-order for $49 along with the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro 3-in-1.

We look forward to hearing the stories of the countless leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and educators, in local communities, who will use this week to bring products and inventions to life. Check out our gallery to see how everyone from students to professionals are getting creative with the help of 3D printers and then upload your own photos during the National Week of Making.