GE plans to make a US$10 million investment over the next five years in two educational programs aimed at developing future talent in additive manufacturing (AM).

GE said that enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers could help accelerate the adoption of AM worldwide.

‘We want to build an ecosystem that drives additive manufacturing across multiple industries. GE is committed to this space for the long-term,’ said Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president of GE Additive. ‘A new world is coming and we want future generations to have exposure to it from an early age.’

The investment includes US$8 million paid out over five years to subsidize up to 50 metal additive machines to colleges and universities around the world. Priority will be given to institutions with curriculum and/or research underway in the area of additive manufacturing.

Applications for both programs will be accepted from January 2017, enabling printers to be available to schools and universities during 2017.

This story is reprinted from material from GE Additivewith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.