3D Systems, SME form advisory board for education initiative

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) and SME said they have announced the formation of an advisory board for its collaborative M.Lab21 Initiative.

The initiative is composed of founding members 3D Systems and SME and key collaborator, America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute) as well as representatives and support from Intel, GE, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The advisory committee will assist, support, provide leadership and advocate for the M.Lab21 initiative. Drawing on a wealth of expertise and resources, the advisory board will help shape this program and provide subject matter expertise and best practices as needed.

M.Lab21 is a 21st Century Manufacturing Lab that will revolutionize high school industrial arts, career and technical education. Through the formation of this influential advisory board, 3DS and SME will create an integrated ecosystem of hardware, software and training programs that, together, can foster a new digital literacy and empower the next generation with digital craftsmanship skills.

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com.

SME is a nonprofit organization that has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years.

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing, America Makes is the nation´s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). Its website is at http://americamakes.us.

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