Plastics & Polymer Industry General Grants

Formlabs & the SPE Foundation 3D Printing Design Contest

We have joined together with Formlabs for a 3D printing design contest!

Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma’s SPE Student Chapter on winning the Formlabs and SPE Foundation Printing Design Challenge!

Their unique and original 3D print chess set design won a Form 2 3D printer for their school.

Through its educational grants program, the SPE Foundation strives to provide students of all ages with the means to explore the science and technology of plastics and polymers. Giving is aimed at programs and projects at educational institutions to benefit the members of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the plastics industry and the public through three grant programs.

Plastics & Polymer Education Grants — funds programs and/or equipment for classroom use or to deliver plastics education to the public.

3D Printer Grants — provides a Flashforge Creator Pro 3D printer for junior high, middle, and high schools. See for details about this printer.

Robo3D and MyStemKits Grant — provides a Robo3D printer and a free starter plan of MyStemKits to help integrate 3D printing into classroom curriculum. See and for details about this program.

The Plastics Education Grants and 3D Printer Grants are awarded on a revolving basis with deadlines of February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15 to be awarded on April 1, July 1, October 1 and January 1.

Thermoforming Division Grants — provides matching grants for thermoforming equipment (forming equipment, auxiliary equipment, retrofitted controls or ovens for existing machines, trimming equipment, and/or software).

Deadlines for Thermoforming Grants:
January 1, April 1, August 1


Non-Support Statement

While all requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, as a general policy, the SPE Foundation grants program does not support:

  • advertising for benefit or courtesy purposes
  • capital or building campaigns
  • debt reduction
  • endowments or endowment campaigns
  • for-profit entities
  • fundraising drives or events
  • general operating expenses including salaries, instructional costs and/or activities
  • individuals
  • loans
  • memorials
  • organizations that limit membership or services based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, age or national origin
  • organizations that might in any way pose a conflict with SPE
  • organizations whose chief purpose is to influence legislation or to participate or intervene in political campaigns on behalf or against any candidate for public office
  • religious or sectarian programs for religious purposes
  • scholarships other than our own program
  • meals, snacks or refreshments
  • 3D printer supplies

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