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Polar 3D Proud Supporter of the GE Additive Education Program

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Polar 3D Proud Supporter of the GE Additive Education Program

The Polar 3D 2.0 Printer creating a 3D printed facsimile of a turbine engine part.

The Polar 3D 2.0 Printer creating a 3D printed facsimile of a turbine engine part.

CINCINNATI, Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Polar 3D is pleased to announce its support of the GE Additive Education Program for primary and secondary schools under which GE Additive will invest $2 million over two years to subsidize Polar 3D classroom packages.  Enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing worldwide, a goal GE and Polar share.  Applications for the Program are now being accepted.  Interested schools may complete the application form here.

"We selected Polar because of their commitment to education, strength of curriculum that integrates 3D printing in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math and the open Polar Cloud platform," said Greg Morris, Strategy & Growth Leader of GE Additive.  "We are excited to watch the ecosystem grow and develop pipelines of future talent in additive manufacturing."

"We are thrilled to participate in the Program and appreciate the opportunity," said Greg LaLonde CEO of Polar 3D.  "With GE's leadership and the power of our educational institutions, we believe student access to 3D printing and inquiry-driven project-based learning will reach an inflection point where network effects kick in and the growth of additive experimentation by our students will follow an exponential, rather than linear, trajectory.  Now is the time to inform and empower these students for an additive world."

Here is the timeline for the 2017 application and selection process:

Primary and secondary schools (ages 8-18)

  • February 28, 2017 - Introductory applications due 
  • March 15, 2017 - Down-selected schools notified 
  • April 7, 2017 - Detailed applications due 
  • April 28, 2017 - Final selections notified

For more information on the GE Additive Education Program please see GE Additive FAQ page here or visit www.geadditive.com

For more information on Polar 3D, please visit www.polar3d.com.  

About Polar 3D

Polar 3D is a technology company delivering software, products and content to educate, train and enable a world for additive manufacturing through the Polar Cloud.  Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, the Company's Polar Cloud makes 3D printing universally accessible by giving anyone with a browser the ability to create and transform digital models into physical objects.  The Company's patented "polar method" of 3D printing sets its printer apart from the field but the Polar Cloud is open and welcomes all 3D printers.  It's about educating and enabling a future for additive manufacturing by building the Polar Cloud into the largest 3D printing ecosystem in the world.  To that end, the Company and its partners are committed to publishing content on the Polar Cloud to enrich the member experience, including curriculum to drive the advance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  For more information, please go to polar3d.com.

About GE

GE (NYSE:  GE) is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.geadditive.com

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Polar Cloud Hits 100,000 3D Prints, Company Closes $2 Million Financing & Expands Team

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Polar Cloud Hits 100,000 3D Prints, Company Closes $2 Million Financing & Expands Team

CINCINNATI, Ohio, October 4, 2016 -  Polar 3D, the Company that provides the most comprehensive, end-to-end solution for 3D printing in the classroom, is pleased to announce its Polar Cloud has reached 100,000 3D print jobs — making it the fastest growing online platform for 3D printing in education.  In addition to this milestone, the Company also announces that it has closed a $2 million financing round and expanded its executive team with two industry luminaries, Dan Newman and David Thornburg.

 

“As this school year got underway, we saw a major ramp-up of 3D print jobs on our Polar Cloud,” noted Greg LaLonde, Polar 3D’s CEO.   “We are thrilled the experience is moving past the 3D printer itself to a truly collaborative environment where student-led learning, discovery and “making” are exploding.  There is simply no limit to how much these kids want to show off their work. It’s intoxicating, contagious, and is why the Polar Cloud affords an unusually large-scale opportunity.”

 

To help fund and accelerate the growth of the Polar Cloud, the Company closed out a $2 million convertible note financing on September 30, 2016.  The Company previously raised $1.5 million and plans a $6.5 million Series A round in 2017.  It also hired Dan Newman as Chief Technology Officer and David Thornburg as Director of Education.

 

“After seeing the Polar Cloud and hearing plans for Polar Cloud 2.0, I couldn’t say yes fast enough… they had me at print,” says Dan Newman.  Bill Steele, Co-founder of Polar 3D put it this way: “Everyone knows of Dan.  He wrote the firmware used by our competitors’ printers (e.g., Makerbot, Dremel, etc.) and helped Apple design their solution to scale iCloud. Dan is going to make a massive impact on our cloud and hardware products, we are very lucky to have him.”

 

The Polar Cloud 2.0 will go live January 1, 2017 and aims to greatly expand and enrich the user experience.  “We are all about education and inspiring students to innovate and think like entrepreneurs,” said Ed Estes, Co-founder of Polar 3D.  “Naturally, when the opportunity arose to grab David Thornburg we took it and didn’t let go.  David literally wrote the book on 3D printing in the classroom and is globally recognized as a pioneer in the field of 3D printing in education.”

 

“I met Polar at ISTE in 2015 and have watched their passion and momentum build,” says David Thornburg.  “After they acquired STEAMtrax from 3D Systems and asked me to run it, I thought wow this is the perfect opportunity for me to take my work and network of the past 40 years to drive content and creation on the Polar Cloud to benefit classrooms around the globe.”

 

For More Information

For scheduling interviews, contact Brandon Leedy, Marketing Manager via email or phone.

For sales or product information, contact Jon Hauer, VP of Sales via email or phone.

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