Citywise visit Henkel’s European 3D printing hub

Nine local young people were granted the opportunity to visit Henkel’s European 3D printing hub in Tallaght.

Henkel, a leading chemical and consumer goods company, opened its doors to students from Citywise Education to get hands-on experience of industrial scale 3D printing.

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Citywise students observing Senior Scientist Dr David Birkett

Citywise was founded in 1991 to run educational, sporting and personal development programmes for students in under developed areas.

Its latest initiative, STEMSquare, provides local children with a new area dedicated to STEM activities, including 3D printing. As one of Ireland’s most important industries, Citywise have recognised the importance of preparing the young people of Tallaght West for careers in STEM.

Christopher Smith, STEM Manager, Citywise Education said: “It really was a fantastic opportunity for the young people to experience Henkel’s world class 3D printing facilities in Tallaght.

"We have our own 3D printers in Citywise Education so it was brilliant to let the young people compare our facilities with Henkel which operates on an industrial scale.

“We had the chance to show the young people that you can produce a lot more than chess pieces, keyrings and Christmas decorations, giving them an insight into the exciting careers in STEM that are available to them.

“We are lucky to have an organisation such as Henkel so nearby and we look forward to continuing to grow our relationship.”

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