Perloff Family Foundation Announces Delivery of 50th 3-D Printer


A selection of 3-D-printed boats crafted by students at the Edmunds School in Dennysville, Maine. Students used a 3-D printer to create boats and masts they modeled on their laptops with web-based design software. Sails were made from card stock, and small weights were used to trim the boats. Students raced their boats over a two-meter course and computed velocity before and after making adjustments. (Submitted photo).

 The Perloff Family Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, is pleased to announce delivery of its 50th 3-D printer for use by schools and nonprofits in Maine. Located in classrooms and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) labs, these resources are now readily accessible to students and teachers in large and small schools across the state.   

Regarding this milestone, David Perloff notes: “Maine was an innovator in providing classroom computing via its Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Our strategy has been to build on this initiative, using 3-D printing and state-of-the-art coding to encourage and enable more students to experience and benefit from the engineering design-build process." 

According to Science Teacher David Winski of Edmunds School in Dennysville, Maine, having a 3-D printer on site for use by students has given them the opportunity “to connect science, math and engineering in new and creative ways.” Winski adds, “This resource, along with the classroom robotics provided by the Perloff Foundation, offers our students state-of-the-art learning opportunities in our small Downeast Maine school.”

 In addition to K-12 programs, 3-D printers have been provided to the Bangor-based Challenger Learning Center and Maine Robotics, a nonprofit that serves the growing needs of Maine’s educational-robotics community.

This is David and Sandy Perloff’s 17th year of grantmaking in Maine. Their goal is to provide funding that encourages teachers who are committed to planning, taking risks, and achieving timely results. They engage with teachers and students through school visits to provide support and encouragement for projects they fund.

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 With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit