Fetera MD, Harry Bairstow, took great pleasure in donating a 3D printer to Gateways School in Harewood, Leeds. Used with the school’s CAD modeling software and filament supplied by Fetera, the printer will enable students to design and create three-dimensional objects in subjects across the curriculum.
An independent co-educational school, Gateways has a strong curriculum focus on STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) and is keen to encourage greater take-up of design technology, particularly among female students.
Sarah Hazelden, subject leader in design and technology at Gateways, said: “We educate young minds for the future they will experience, and the evolving subject of design technology will undoubtedly play an increasingly large part in their lives.
“Students are intrigued by the new printer and keen to learn how to use it. We are delighted that Fetera has given us this exciting opportunity to enthuse and educate young people about 3D prototyping and creating sustainable solutions for the future.”
Interest in 3D printing has grown as technology has advanced to make printers more affordable, both for research and development (R&D) purposes and for hobbyists keen to learn and explore the art of 3D printing at home.
Harry said: “We’re pleased to play our part in encouraging Gateways’ students to develop their understanding of 3D prototyping and encourage curiosity within design technology and 3D design.
“As a keen 3D hobbyist myself, I discovered that it was difficult to source high quality, clog-free filament in the UK. Recognising the opportunity, I invested in new machinery and set up my own company to manufacture filament here in Yorkshire so I am testament to the career opportunities available in this exciting and rapidly developing sector.”
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