America Makes and MakerBot team with NBA

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown-based America Makes and MakerBot, producer of desktop 3D printers, are working with the NBA to bring 3D printing technology to schools in the NBA’s 30 cities.

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes along with Ralph Resnick, foundiing director of America Makes, formerly known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis this week delivered the MakerBot Replicator 2, a desktop 3D printer, to Oakland High School in the San Francisco Bay area.

Pettis, a former teacher, said it is his goal to put a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer in each of the more than 100,000 U.S. public schools.

“This is a lofty goal, but one I believe we can accomplish together. With the partnership and support of organizations, such as the Golden State Warriors and America Makes, we are one step closer to that goal,” Pettis said.

Resnick call the move key in empowering the next generation of innovators.

“America Makes and MakerBot also welcome the opportunity to work with more NBA teams throughout the country to bring 3D printing technology to communities across the NBA nation,” he said.

Based in Youngstown, America Makes is a public-private partnership that leads the nation in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation and innovation.