MakerBot is pleased to announce the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia Pacific at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The MakerBot Innovation Center will allow students, faculty and staff members to create an atmosphere of collaboration and learn about 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and innovation. PolyU is joining a growing number of leading universities across the globe that host a MakerBot Innovation Center to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. “By introducing the MakerBot Innovation Center, we strive to integrate digital design and 3D printing in the students curriculum, enriching the students’ learning experiences whilst enhancing their career readiness,” said Professor H.C. Man, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of PolyU. “The MakerBot Innovation Center allows broader access to 3D printing and inspires creativity, which is well aligned with the university’s mission. Students from different faculties and schools are invited to experience the 3D printing journey.” A MakerBot Innovation Center is a large-scale 3D printing installation designed to empower universities and organizations to innovate faster, collaborate better, and compete more effectively. These Centers are centralized, scalable 3D printing hubs with large clusters of MakerBot 3D Printers that concentrate 3D printing resources and knowledge in one centralized location with easy access to everyone. At the core of the MakerBot Innovation Center is the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform, a proprietary and innovative 3D printing software platform that links all of the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers together, provides remote access, print queuing and mass production of 3D prints. As the economy and the job market are changing, 3D printing is becoming a popular tool to teach 21st century skills that employers are looking for, such as STEAM literacy, collaboration, problem-solving and applying knowledge to the real world. 3D printing enables students to tackle real-world problems in clear, tangible ways—at any grade level.