Last week Creality announced the “Space Robotics Project”, a venture intended to stimulate the minds of Brazilian schoolchildren.
Creality is now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of desktop 3D printers, and their equipment is sold worldwide, currently with a user count of over 1.6M. They’ve secured over 100 patents in the course of their short seven years of existence.
One of the key methods they’ve used to grow the company and provide access to 3D printing technology has been to focus on low cost devices that provide excellent value. This has been one of the main reasons for their huge success, both in the West and East.
But even low-priced 3D printers are still not always accessible. In third world countries budgets are extremely tight and very often modern technology cannot be afforded by individuals and institutions.
This is particularly evident in educational institutions, the very place where it is most important to introduce 3D concepts. Learning 3D thinking at an early age provides a huge step up towards the use of modern tools in industry and professional environments when the student becomes an adult and enters the workforce.
In the West there has long been initiatives to bring 3D technology into schools, and after ten years we are seeing the results: the use of 3D printing in industry is now dramatically increasing in those regions.
That’s not always the case in third world countries, where exposure to 3D technology is the exception.
Creality has decided to do something very serious about this issue, and to that end they have partnered with several Brazilian national institutions and agencies on the “Space Robotics Project”.
The project involves the use of an app for students that shows them how to assemble their own robots, as well as learning about NASA’s Artemis mission. This will serve as a platform on which educators can teach students more about robotics in an exciting way, and will run from August of this year until December.
Creality’s role in the project is significant. They are to provide 250 schools across 150 Brazilian cities each with a Creality 3D printer. In addition, 25 of the schools will be visited by a “TECNOMOB” mobile lab that will travel over 11,000km to provide even more making capabilities for students.
Danjun Ao, one of the four co-founders of Creality said:
“We regard this a great opportunity to fulfill our role of 3D printing evangelist in this partnership, and thanks to Bebyte, who also have the same goal of helping the children in Brazil to acknowledge 3D printing technology, to provide us with this campaign so we can walk along with each other towards the same direction. Create reality, achieve dreams. This is the philosophy that has been deeply rooted in Creality. At the launch of ‘Space Robotics’, I would like to take this opportunity to share this philosophy with our Brazilian partners and with all the Brazilian children: Only by fulfilling the dreams of children can we truly create the future of all mankind!”
Those words may seem too dramatic for a school project, but the results will not be seen today, nor even in a few years. Instead, the effects of this initiative will be seen over many years, as students will have their eyes opened to the possibilities made available by 3D technology for the first time. It will be up to them how they will grow that knowledge into future ideas, but this project could be the start of big things in Brazil’s future.
Creality has made a powerful move with this partnership, but apparently they intend on doing more projects of a similar nature. They explain:
“Space Robotics project in Brazil is only a start. In the future, Creality would like to work with any organization from any country to pass along the public welfare spirit, as well as popularizing 3D technology to create a better world.”
Are students in your country requiring access to 3D printing? If so, you might want to give Creality a call.