The popularity of 3D printing in the educational sector has grown a lot the last couple years. More and more schools buy a 3D printer but it isn’t that easy to let a whole class print their own 3D prints. The Maakotheek which is located at Rotterdam in the Netherlands makes this process a lot easier. They offer a range of educational packages which not only include the machines but also the ‘teach the teacher’ program. This program offers to create lessons together with teachers within the language and math subjects.
Maakotheek – The solution for Technology and science lessons
The Maakotheek was founded in 2016 to make the integration of science and technology in primary and secondary schools easier. What makes Maakotheek unique is the service they incorporate in their rental plans. They will install the printers and explain how they work. Maintenance and printing material are mostly covered within the plan. The plans maakotheek offers not only have 3D printers but also incorporate laser cutting, robotics and other creating technologies. What makes Maakotheek special is that they offer a ‘teach the teacher’ program where teachers are told how to use the printers so they could create their own lessons for their pupils
A year of carefree science and technology lessons
Rob van Montfoort one of the Maakotheek specialists knows the struggle of finding a fun and effective way to integrate technologies in primary and secondary school lessons. This is where Maakotheek comes in: “A Maakotheek subscription gives you a year of advanced Science and Technology education: different devices such as: 3D printers, robots, construction materials and minicomputers; sample lessons which are tailor made for these machines; ‘teach the teacher’ program and support insurance.” – van Montfoort.
FELIX Pro Touch – a balance between functionality and mobility
Maakotheek has had a FELIX Pro 2 Touch printer since 2017. When looking for a 3D printer the choice was easy. For the Maakotheek mobility was an important factor due to their business strategy. With the mobile and lightweight design the FELIX Pro 2 Touch was the perfect match. With only 13kg and the foldable build plate the FELIX Pro 2 touch is easy to move around. The open design of the 3D printer was not only appealing to the eye but also gave a good view for pupils to see the printing process. The Wi-Fi function in the Pro Series enables teachers to print with ease via an online platform. The Maakotheek specialists can help and control the printer from a distance if needed.
Maakotheek and FELIXprinters
The collaboration between Maakotheek and FELIXprinters has been very smooth. Four Maakotheek employees visited the FELIXprinters headquarters to have a technical and printer usage training. A big advantage of a Dutch producer for Maakotheek is the sort travel distance: both companies help each other during events and other instances. Because of the sort travel distance the problem is mostly solved within the same day.
Maakotheek eases the process of preparation and implementation of their obligation to do enough with science and technologies in primary and secondary schools by 2020. Aside from the offered subscriptions on the website the Maakotheek is open to other needs within their area of expertise. Maakotheek would like to tell more about their offers and other customer wishes. Visit the Maakotheek website to see what they can offer you.
The development of a 3D printer isn’t an easy process, a lot of information and research is needed. That’s why education is one of our most important sectors, one where we would like to help with the integration of 3D printing. If you have any questions we would be happy to answer them and to give you further information. Please call or send us an email for an appointment.
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