Creality is building a strong relationship with Brazil through an international space program.
The country signed on to the NASA Artemis Accords, an international agreement to jointly develop and execute human lunar exploration missions. The challenge is so great it requires the partnership of many nations to succeed. Signing the accords as of this date are: Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and, of course, Brazil.
While Brazil will help the project to develop and participate in missions, there is a secondary reason for the country to join the accords: vision.
No project of this scale and advancement has yet taken place in Brazil. Very few countries have performed lunar missions, and therefore the project has developed significant interest among citizens. It’s a way the country can stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or “STEM”.
The Brazilian government is leveraging this growing STEM interest by engaging students throughout the country on a new initiative, the “Space Robotics Project”.
However, they cannot do this project on their own, and a chance encounter with Creality enabled a partnership to be arranged. Brazil needed a way to engage students, and one of Creality’s key goals is to spread knowledge of 3D printing around the world.
The Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Brazilian Space Agency and the University of Brasília organized the Space Robotics Project and deployed it to no less than 250 schools across the country.
The strategy of the project is to teach students how to use 3D modeling and 3D printing to produce parts for the Space Robotics Project. As we’ve seen in other regions, exposing young students to digital manufacturing technologies can provide significant benefits years later as students graduate and go into businesses of their own.
Creality’s role in the Space Robotics Project is to provide all the 3D printers needed for the project. The nature of the project required a mix of Creality equipment, including:
- Ender 3
- Ender 7
- CR-6 SE
- Sermoon D1
Creality is also providing filament materials (PLA) for these devices, and also their CR-Scan 01 3D scanners. Clearly, this is a massive project and an incredible provision by Creality.
The project is so important to Brazil that the country invited Creality to participate in the country’s pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020 (which runs until 2022). There, visitors will be able to see how Creality and Brazil have organized the massive Space Robotics Project using Creality equipment and expertise from Brazilian government officials.
Creality said their plans don’t end with Brazil, as they intend to continue spreading knowledge of 3D printing around the world. Their Brazilian partnership will not be the last, and I’m wondering where their next big project will take place.