The Sanjay Mortimer Foundation announced that’s now an official charity.
The foundation is named for the co-founder of E3D, one of the most important companies in the 3D print space. E3D produces top quality hot ends, extruders and other components that are highly regarded in the industry. Some of their products are so notable they have become de facto standards among 3D printer manufacturers.
Mortimer unexpectedly passed away two years ago at the age of only 32, shocking the entire industry.
The foundation’s goals are ambitious:
“Sanjay, who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), was renowned for his determination not to let his condition define him.
The Foundation’s mission arises from the recognition that neurodivergent minds often possess creative thinking, analytical skills, strong focus, problem-solving abilities, attention to detail, and innovative perspectives. Yet, these individuals may struggle within traditional educational settings that emphasise skills challenging for students with special educational needs (SEN), leading to disengagement and discouragement from learning.
The SMF seeks to intervene early, engaging these individuals in hands-on learning experiences, primarily through activities like 3D printing. These interactive approaches offer an outlet for SEN individuals to discover and cultivate their talents and strengths.”
The news is that the foundation has obtained “official confirmation” from the UK Charity Commission that they are now recognized as a charity. This comes after apparently two years of effort by the foundation.
This will open up many financial avenues for the foundation, as the new status allows individuals and companies to claim tax deductions on any donations to the foundation.
One of the first big actions by the foundation is to be a new RepRap festival. The Sanjay Mortimer RepRap Festival (SMRRF) is to be held at the University of Oxford early in December. The two day event should be quite an affair, with a large number of attendees and sponsors lined up.