The progress of 3D printing took another step forward with the move by Kyocera and print management specialist Danwood to get the technology into schools in front of the next generation.
Danwood will be able to offer its educational customers the CubePro 3D printers along with full support services that includes apps to make sure that the technology can be fully taken advantage of.
The channel has been getting to grips with 3D printing with some of the major distributors, including Ingram Micro and Exertis, dipping their toes in the water and then expanding their portfolio over the last 18 months as the technology gets closer to becoming something slightly more mainstream.
The latest twist means that the next generation of workers will have been able to get to grips with 3D printing from an early stage and it should create more potential customers of the technology.
Andy Louch, vendor business manager, Danwood, said that the next generation would be entering a workplace that differed from today and it was taking steps to help equip classrooms with some of the latest technology.
“The workplace of the future is changing and this makes it vital for educational establishments to equip students with the skills and experiences they need to embrace the working world. By providing innovative technologies such as the ProCube, Danwood can help schools and colleges to create the classroom of the future and benefit from streamlined processes, sophisticated document storage options, better print facilities and integrated educational software," he said.
From the vendor point of view, Nigel Allen, marketing director, Kyocera Document Solutions UK, said that Danwood was a partner with a proven track record in the education space and ii could support the technology with high levels of service.
Danwood has been developing a classroom of the future to show educational customers just what might be possible and has advised them to improve legacy print rooms with the use of 'follow me' printing and better document management.
Kyocera made a move into the market in March after forming a partnership in the UK and Ireland with 3D Systems to produce the CubePro family of products as well as the Projet range.
CubePro was designed with schools in mind, along with SMEs, as the target customers, with the Projet range going for Universities and those looking for something to support projects.
A couple of months ago analyst house Canalys made some predictions about the state of the 3D printing market forecasting a 56% increase in the industry this year and forecasting that the 3D printing market will be worth $20.2bn by 2019, which is a fair leap from the $3.3bn it produced last year.