Key3D Tyro 3D Printer Grant


Our mission is to make 3D printing easy for everyone—especially educators and students. We meet hundreds of dedicated teachers and talented students who are brimming with great ideas for educational 3D printing. We created this grant to encourage imagination and innovation in 3D printing—and ultimately to award a deserving applicant with tools to help turn their educational 3D printing goals into reality.


Any school or educational organization in the United States or its territories.


Computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing offer amazing opportunities for students to learn important life skills and to make an impact in their communities. We’ve witnessed these impacts many times—from creating custom orthotics for a classmate, to saving a museum thousands of dollars by reverse engineering and 3D printing an obsolete display lighting part for pennies. We want to push the envelope further, to fuel leading-edge innovations in educational 3D printing. It’s our goal to engage and propel students, teachers, and schools forward to help them make the world a better place—one project at a time. We believe we can give ambitious students the tools they need, get out of the way, and great things will happen!

We created this grant to get the ball rolling for schools who need help acquiring 3D printing technology. We hope the application process will stimulate discussion in classrooms and motivate students and teachers to brainstorm together on the potential uses of 3D printing technologies. For the grant winner, we hope having multiple 3D printers will light the spark of digital manufacturing in the minds of their students!


Three Tyro 3D printers and PLA filament by Key3D! For educators. By educators: Built by educational 3D printing experts, Tyro is designed to thrive in any learning environment. Tyro is born from three distinct design objectives:
1. a rugged, all-metal structure without any 3D-printed plastic parts,
2. the latest open source electronics components, and
3. an intentionally simple design, free of nonessential features.

To help ensure success, the 3D printer deal also comes with unlimited digital training sessions with a certified teacher, training and troubleshooting documents, lesson plan support, and a One-Year, No Questions Asked Parts and Service Warranty for educational organizations. Delivery will be scheduled to coincide with videoconference training at your educational organization.

Review Process

Our next rolling application deadline is September 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm CST. The winner will be announced on September 14, 2019.

Submissions will be judged on a 1–50 point scale based on the following rubric:

  • Clearly defined goal(s) (1–10)
  • Expected educational outcomes (1–10)
  • Ongoing student growth and engagement (1–10)
  • Impact on students, school, and/or community (1–10)
  • 3D printing utilization (1–10)

How to Apply

Please fill out the application form below or answer the following questions in the Google Doc and share your submission to [email protected].

Key3D Tyro Grant Application