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Yorkshire school benefits from 3D printer donation

A 3D print manufacturer, Fetera, has donated a 3D printer to Gateways School in Harewood in order to build interest in STEAM-based subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), particularly design technology.

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School students can learn all about 3D printing thanks to Fetera’s generous donation

Fetera was established in 2018 by managing director, Harry Bairstow and his father, chief executive officer, Andy Bairstow. The company was formed through a passion for 3D printing which Fetera hopes to pass on to students at Gateways, thanks to its donation.

The school is eager to encourage students of all types, especially its female pupils, to take on design technology in order to see the potential and relevance the subject has on careers in the future.

The printer will be used in line with the school’s CAD (computer aided design) modelling software, as well as PLA (polylactic acid) filament all supplied by Fetera.

With the growing interest in 3D printing, largely due to the innovation and affordability brought about by years of development, it has never been a better time for those young and old to explore the possibilities of the technology.

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.

Subject leader in design and technology, Sarah Hazelden, says: “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.”

Harry Bairstow, managing director of Fetera, says: “We are 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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