MakerBot has today seen its relaunch as an education-focussed sub-brand following a merger between it and Ultimaker in May 2022.
Under the UltiMaker brand, MakerBot will now serve the kindergarten through secondary school education market, much as the MakerBot Sketch 3D printing ecosystem has for some time now.
“Addressing the needs of educators has been our guiding light. We understand that educators need a reliable ecosystem of hardware, software, resources, and support to ensure success,” said UltiMaker CEO Michiel Alting von Geusau. “That’s why we continue to invest in building a robust platform that enables educators to unlock the full potential of learning.
“MakerBot is the only brand fully dedicated to education, and we offer an unparalleled solution through the Sketch platform.”
The MakerBot Sketch ecosystem already provides educators with tools and resources to implement 3D printing with students, combining lesson plans, project ideas, training and curriculum development, support, software, and hardware to put 3D printing in the classroom and boost student engagement.
Nearly 2,000 teachers have enrolled in MakerBot Certification and over 10,000 students have enrolled in the Design Thinking courses.
“We are excited to bring MakerBot Certification through Sketch worldwide and empower educators across the world with comprehensive training and support,” said UltiMaker education marketing manager Andrea Zermeno. “Educators play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation, and we are dedicated to equipping them with the tools and resources they need to excel in the classroom.”
As for users still running MakerBot Method and Replicator printers, we have reached out to UltiMaker for comment on how these models will continue to be supported.