Zeni Kinetic Launches 3D Printing Filament Grant Program for Schools
Zeni Kinetic Announces 3D Printing Education Initiative, Launches Pilot Grant Program
The greatest cost of 3D printing is in the filament itself, the plastic “ink” that enables 3D printers to do their magic and make real-world object. With regular use, an FDM style printer can easily go through 1 kg of filament in a day or two.
This creates a real challenge for introducing a 3D printer into every school, a mission espoused by MakerBot, the leader in desktop 3D printers.
Zeni Kinetic, a US-based filament manufacturer, is taking that challenge head on, with a new pilot grant program to provide free and low-cost American-made 3D printing filament for schools.
The company announced the program last month, stating that acceptance and participation in their program gives a 30% to 50% discount on all filament, and free material will be offered on a grant basis.
“As 3D printing expands for both corporate and household use, those who have a working knowledge of this technology will be ahead of the game in the job market, in addition to restructuring their way of thinking about the world and their place in consumer society,” said a spokesperson for Zeni Kinetic.
Zeni Kinetic is an industry leader in high-quality filament manufacture, and offers a 30-year bio-degradable PLA (polyactic acid), which is a corn-based plastic. Their filament is eco-friendly, flows and bonds well and will not jam printers. It comes in 1.7 and 3.0 millimeter sizes and will work smoothly on any standard FDM style 3D printer.
“It took us 18 months of dedicated R&D to refine the control systems, write the software and develop the automated technologies that we use to produce our products,” explains Zeni Kinetic. “A typical extrusion line used for making monofilament or “plastic welding rod” can easily produce a useable printer filament but it takes a combination of industry standards and in-house developed systems to reach our unmatched tolerance and quality.”
For more details please visit us at http://zenikinetic.com/non-profit/