Tinkercad announced that it will give away $50,000 worth of its software to qualified academic institutions and other education centers, translating to 1,000 free enterprise accounts. The company says this will help train students and a new generation of designers on 3-D modeling.
Taking note of the need to cultivate future designers, Tinkercad says it doesn’t want “the inability to learn CAD to hinder innovative solutions.”
The company will waive the enterprise account’s yearly $75 fee for the first 1,000 applications received by midnight Pacific Standard Time on Friday, Dec. 7.
Qualified applicants include academic institutions, home schools, nonprofits and other similar organizations whose mission is to further advance the study and teaching of 3-D design and printing to students. Applicants must provide proof of accreditation or nonprofit status and proof of ownership or purchase of a 3-D printer (or other approved digital manufacturing device, like a laser cutter or a CNC machine) for the 2012-2013 school year. Additionally, institutions must provide their 2012-2013 school year curricula.
Tinkercad‘s software includes a browser-based 3-D modeling tool that includes instructional modes. It allows designers to create CAD models for machinists and manufacturers operating 3-D printers, CNC machining centers and laser cutting machines. The company was founded in 2011 and has already released updates to its base software, including a combination with Shape Scripts API to create geometric shapes within the editor.
“A key part of learning is to have great tools at your disposal,” says Kai Backman, Tinkercad’s co-founder, of the giveaway offer. (via Ponoko.)