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Printers 4 Schools Contribution

Printers 4 Schools Contribution
Product Code: P4S_Contribute
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Many of you have asked if you can contribute directly to the printer fund for the schools, so here you go, and THANK YOU!

Once we manage to get enough money to purchase at least two printers (but hopefully five), we're going to start running the contest for the schools to submit videos telling us why they should win.  The videos will be posted on social media (probably Facebook, maybe Google+ too), for people to vote on.  Once the winners are chosen we'll take the printers to class and build them together.  

We are looking for some theme suggestions for the videos, so if you have one, please put it in the additional information box.

If you'd like to donate more than one dollar, just use the quantity box.

Who we are:  The Abilene Area Technologists Group - We're a group of programmers, makers, tinkerers, webmasters, engineers, geeks, nerds, and brainiacs from the Abilene, Texas area that loves to get together and figure out ways to make our community a better place.  We teach, make, and learn with anyone that wants to participate.  Occasionally we blow stuff up, but rarely by accident. :-)

Progress:  The initial fundraising campaign, the RigidBot Group Buy, ran through the month of October.  The markup on the filament (the most popular product) was only $1 - $2, so we still have a long way to go.  Currently, the proceeds from the sales of RigidBot T-Shirts is the funding source.

Next Steps: Hopefully finding a good printer deal.  Right now we're leaning toward Prusa i3 kits, just because they're inexpensive, open source, and we know Prusas.  Although, we've asked 3D Systems if they want to donate some last generation Cubes (the ones that you can still "improve" upon the filament delivery system.)  We're not holding our breath waiting for their response though.  We'd really like to go with Printrbot Metal Simples or RigidBot Regulars if we could afford it.

What you can do to help: Share this link with other 3D printer owners, help us write rules for the contest (it's hard to anticipate all the challenges in maintaining a level playing field when you're dealing with competitive groups), give us your suggestions for easy to maintain, inexpensive printers, come to Texas and help pack boxes.

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