GE is now accepting applications from schools for its US$10 million investment in 3D printing. Over the next five years the company plans to put in place two educational programs, to develop future additive manufacturing (AM) talent.

One global program will focus on primary and secondary schools, and the other one focuses on colleges and universities.

Some US$8 million will be used to subsidize up to 50 metal additive machines to colleges and universities globally. Priority will be given to institutions with curriculum and/or research underway in the area of additive manufacturing.

Applications for initial selections in both programs will be accepted until 28 February 2017, enabling printers to be available to schools and universities beginning autumn 2017. Additional applications will be accepted in 2018.

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