GE donates 3-D printers to local schools
Donations give students head start in manufacturing

Freeman Staff

Dec. 22, 2017

WAUKESHA — More than 400 schools, including 16 in Wisconsin, received 3D printers as a part of the GE Additive Education Program, reaching more than 180,000 students around the globe. With a goal to develop pipelines of future talent in additive manufacturing around the world, GE sent desktop polymer printer packages to about 400 primary and secondary schools and a metal printing machine to eight colleges or universities. Local schools included Brookfield Academy, New Berlin Middle and High schools, and Prairie View Elementary School.

GE created its Additive Education Program this past January, committing to invest $10 million globally, with the idea that enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing worldwide.

“Additive manufacturing and 3D printing is revolutionizing the way we think about designing and manufacturing products,” said Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president of GE Additive. “We want a pipeline of engineering talent that have additive in their DNA. This education program is our way of supporting that goal.”

Additive manufacturing, which is also known as 3D printing, involves taking digital designs from computer aided design software, and laying horizontal cross-sections to manufacture the part. Essentially “grown” from the ground up, additive components generate far less scrap material and are typically lighter and more durable than traditional forged parts because they require less welding and machining.

GE will deliver the printers to selected schools later this year and plans to provide machines to more schools each year over the next four years. The next application window will open during the first quarter of 2018 and will be announced on