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3D Print Distributor for Universities; Joseph Merritt & Company is an Official MakerBot Reseller

May 19th, 2017 by Joseph Merritt Company

3D printing has yet to make a tremendous impact on higher education, but the opportunities which exist are nearly endless and quickly being addressed. Joseph Merritt & Company is currently addressing those opportunities by becoming a dedicated official reseller of MakerBot 3D Printers to Colleges and Universities across the country.

Clicking “Print” Takes on a Whole New Meaning

3D printers have been on college campuses for over a decade, but mostly at engineering schools, and even then could only be used by trained faculty and select students.  The cost of these printers was astronomical. Today, with ever increasing technological advances, that cost has been drastically reduced, allowing more and more campuses to acquire 3D printers for ever expanding educational uses. Something that seemed unfeasible not too long ago.

As the field of 3D printing expands, so has its use in other fields of study. It has virtually opened up a whole new world of creativity which seemingly has no bounds! While they may have become more affordable, they have also become more accessible to students and are being utilized in various classroom projects.  Students and faculty alike are able to construct virtual models. 

This benefits the entire campus community because the process of generating 3 dimensional models is much faster than previous methods for creating physical prototypes or facsimiles. This is fostering a unique way of learning for which students can move from a mental idea to a physical production of that idea in the form of a solid 3 dimensional model that they can actual touch and feel!

The University Footprint

Now that Joseph Merritt & Company is an Official Reseller of MakerBot 3D Printers, the visibility and accessibility of these printers is going to forever change the landscape of the traditional campus and its curriculum.  Colleges and universities are finding ever more uses for 3D printing technology outside of the main core of engineering disciplines, which currently dominates the genre.

Some have begun to argue that a broad spectrum of disciplines may benefit from the ability to quickly, and with relative ease, create projects from specific designs in their own respective fields of study, including law, social sciences, humanities, medicine and art.

There are a variety of 3D printers of varying sizes and power.  For instance, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 offers an extra-large build chamber for larger projects, especially for tall industrial prototypes, models and products, while the MakerBot Replicator 2 is a desktop version for fast, easy and affordable replication.  For those who like to experiment and get adventurous, there is the MakerBot Replicator 2X, which is a full-featured desktop 3D printer which utilizes multi-material 3D printing.

The Future Is Now

Educators across the U.S. are currently developing open-source designs for 3D printers, which will bring costs down even further, making the printers even more readily available to the masses.  In a campus setting, cheaper printers will enable students to create their own designs, causing what some believe will be an archetypal “about face” in education. Going by multiple monikers such as additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping or replicator, 3D printing is beginning to dominate not only campuses of higher learning, but every other aspect of our daily lives.

MakerBot 3D Printers and Digitizers generate professional-quality realistic products. Joseph Merritt & Company can help determine which printer is right for your needs.  Send us your questions through our online form, or call today, (888) 291-3342, for a free consultation.

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