The CREATE Education Project – A Year in Review…

Welcome to our Year in Review, and what a year it’s been for The CREATE Education Project. Like many other businesses, we’ve been recovering and reemerging post-pandemic, but we’ve not let this stop us innovating and growing!  

We’ve welcomed new ambassadors, new staff, new industry partners and, most importantly, new customers!  We’ve also welcomed back, staff, Ambassadors, Hubs and customers…! It’s been a fabulous year of creating a bigger and stronger community. 

CREATE Education has one mission – to create accessibility for young people to 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology to equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop high quality careers in STEM and digital jobs of the future! 

To do that, we need to keep growing, it is our incentive to get this technology in front of as many young people as possible that keeps our momentum going! 

A word from the Founder of The CREATE Education Project….

“To see the commitment and collaboration across the CREATE community after the challenges faced in education over the last few years is truly inspiring!  If a new world is emerging in front of us then the skills being developed and shared will allow us to tackle the big challenges and enable us to unleash the potential of technology using the power or people collaborating.  Thanks to everyone for playing the part. ”

Paul Croft, Founder of The CREATE Education Project.

A word from the Head of The CREATE Education Project…

“I’m absolutely delighted and amazed at the tenacity and grit of our community and the Team at CREATE Education.  Given the extraordinary challenges the UK education system has faced, we are stronger than ever and finding more collaborative partners and inspirational projects to move our mission into the next academic year.  Thank you all for your contributions and support.”

Michelle Chatterley, Head of The CREATE Education Project.

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From September 2021 – September 2022, we have:

Re-engaged relationships with industry partners:



World Class Schools



And developed new relationships with industry partners: 


BAE Systems Air 




The Education and Training Foundation


Leicester Primary Partnership


Career Connect


STEAM Ahead Education

We have become the UK preferred suppliers to education for: 

Meltio, metal printed parts, metal print, metal 3d printing



Loan Scheme

We have loaned 63 3D printers to schools, colleges and universities. That’s over 3.2k young people that have been impacted by giving them access to this innovative technology.

Here is what staff and students rated from their experience of a 3D printer through our Loan Scheme

(questions were based out of 5 – averages are below)

  • More than three quarters of staff said that having a 3D printer allowed them a chance to discuss future careers. 
  •  4.9 – Staff saw a positive impact on learner engagement by having access to a 3D printer.
  •  4.8 – Staff saw a positive impact of having a 3D printer. 
  •  4.7 – Staff would recommend the use of 3D printers to a colleague in another school, college or university.
  • 4.7 – Staff saw a positive impact on their students’ attitudes and behaviour by having access to a 3D printer. 
  •  4.5 – Students enjoyed using a 3D printer and would like to use it more! 
  •  4.4 – Students were really interested by using the 3D printer. 
  •  4.2 – Staff developed new professional skills by having access to a 3D printer loan. 

“Having a 3D printer would enhance all of our curriculum from writing, oracy, DT, maths up to science, history and DT. It leads itself to creating our own characters for oral storytelling, creative play in EYFS, shape, space and measure work as the pupils are learning to measure in millimetres without even knowing it, converting from centimetres to millimetres, discussion about the properties of 3D shapes. In science they can apply their skills to make models to demonstrate their understanding of different concepts, for example solids, liquids and gases. Sorting vertebrates and invertebrates. In History they can handle models of artefacts they have printed and in DT they can print out a model of their product and edit or improve it after testing. The list is endless.”

Lois Wiffen (Hodge Hill Primary School)

“We were struggling to meet objectives around CAD for KS2 because of the lack of knowledge, experience and confidence of staff. This project has opened up the possibilities! Staff are more confident now that they have been able to have a ‘play’ and are now discussing different ways that they could see it enhancing their curriculum in the future.”

Katy Richards (Hillocks Primary Academy)

“The fact that the learners can see their designs come to life had such a huge impact. It really changed their enthusiasm and commitment to their design project knowing that they will have a 3D product at the end.”

Carl Ollerenshaw (Welbeck Primary School)

“Positively. Highly motivated. Very enthusiastic. They were engaged because they enjoyed the new technology and the ability to design something that they could see being created.”

Laura Wood (Sonning Common Primary)

“They used their enterprise skills to market the key rings and make a profit for the charity.”

Stephen Thoburn (Westerhope Primary School)

“I thought the whole thing was brilliant. The training face to face and the shared resources on the Google drive were really useful. I was able to refer back to the documents on the Google drive when needed. The telephone support team are also brilliant! ”

Hollie Newell (Rushey Mead Primary School)

Student Workshops

We have also delivered 97 workshops impacting over 2,300 students!


We have been nominated as finalists in the Education Resource Awards in the category of ‘Supplier of The Year’.

Reviews and Feedback

We are rated a 4.8 stars on Trust Pilot – 98% of our reviews are rated as excellent and 100% of our reviews this year have been 5 stars! 

On EdTech Impact we are rated 90% in building student knowledge and 95% of our reviews are excellent or great! This year, our average review was 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Here is what people said:

Fantastic experience for both students and staff at our secondary school this summer.”

“The support has been brilliant with excellent professional and friendly customer service throughout.” 

“The resources are clear and well planned meaning everything was in place well ahead of time for a smooth week of 3D printing!”

“The new equipment we now have opens up lots of opportunities for KS4 design and manufacturing, particularly relevant to the current GCSE contextual challenges. We can’t wait to see what they will create next!”

“We cannot recommend the the CREATE Education Project highly enough – a 3D printer for a month as part of their loan with resources to get printing straight away!” 

“The children in our primary school have benefitted from learning real-life skills that have helped to increase engagement in STEM across the board from boys and girls to high attainers and low.” 

“ We have been delighted with the support received with our 3D printer.…the after sales care has been brilliant.” 

CREATE have been fantastic!” 

“Fantastic service all round!”

Events and Shows

We have attended: 

  • MACH 
  • TCT 3SIXTY where we delivered Inspired Minds workshops to 90 students from 6 schools over the 2 days of the show.
  • Additive International

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