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zSpace and Leopoly Partner to Transform School Makerspaces and STEAM Labs


Award-Winning Virtual Reality Company and 3D Creation Company Introduce  a Curriculum Based Around 3D Printing

SUNNYVALE, Ca. (September 1, 2015) – Over the last decade, U.S. schools have invested in STEAM Labs and Makerspaces, but many educators struggle to discover ways to integrate them into learning activities that allow students to build critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills. Today zSpace, a leading-edge education technology provider that enables real world virtual reality in the classroom, and Leopoly, a 3D content provider and modeling platform, announced a partnership that will introduce the world of 3D creation to schools around the country, encouraging students to experiment, prototype, and innovate.

“By partnering with Leopoly, we are now offering schools a way to transform their Makerspaces and 3D printer labs from places where students experience the novelty of printing chess pieces and jewelry to virtual reality learning environments,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace. “Our innovative platform for virtual reality learning, combined with Leopoly’s 3D creation app, provide schools with a curriculum-aligned approach to engaging students with endless opportunities for creating, testing and producing creative real-world projects and solutions.”

The Leopoly 3D creation app provides easy access to the world of 3D creation. Students and teachers receive entry-level training courses, sample lessons and guides to learn how to customize and prepare digital objects for 3D printing. While running the application in zSpace, students can “lift,” move and manipulate virtual designs within Leopoly’s vast 3D model library of STEAM content. Students can then add personal touches using tools, such as coloring, and engraving. Finally, students can have their 3D designs printed via Leopoly or on their own in-class 3D printers. Click here for a video demonstration.

“The software and hardware platform is a great link between the process of 3D creation and 3D printing,” said Roland Manyai, CEO of Leopoly. “Thanks to zSpace’s virtual reality platform, including its precision VR stylus and head tracking, students can start designing immediately, engaging with content like it is real, and make 3D printable files in minutes.”

About Leopoly
Leopoly is an online and easy to use 3D modeling platform and application.The exponentially growing 3D printing industry transforms the way we think of object creation, personalization and manufacturing. Leopoly is a tool to let everyday people jump into the 3D printing ecosystem, browse among thousands of objects and customize or create their own designs within seconds. Leopoly is available to 21st century makers and also offers enterprises turnkey and tailor-made solutions.

About zSpace
zSpace is a leading-edge technology provider that delivers a new way of learning with its flagship product, zSpace®. Focused on STEM education, medical instruction, and corporate training, zSpace inspires and accelerates understanding through real world virtual reality. zSpace was named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc. and awarded “Best New Product” by Tech and Learning Magazine. zSpace is a privately held, venture backed company located in Sunnyvale, CA, and has filed more than 30 patents for its innovative technologies. For more information, visit http://www.zspace.com, or follow on Twitter @zSpace.

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