To this day, in the 28 countries of the EU there are about 610,000 inmates. Of these only 1 out of 5 is involved in any kind of employment, and just the 3% of them works for external companies or entities which provide occupation (both in and out of jail). The lack of employment, the not so easily accessible delivery of training paths, the loss of self-esteem and the consequent sense of isolation are the main determinants of the high levels of recidivism, especially among the youngest and most disadvantaged individuals.
The project aims to give an answer to such issues by involving detainees in one the most innovative phenomenon of ICT economy: 3D-printing, by focusing the skills needed in order to set up and use a 3D-printer. As a matter of fact, 3D-printing is going to play one of the most relevant roles in the creative and productive processes for small and medium enterprises all around the world in the fields of fast prototype-making, industrial design, engineering, architecture, clothing, jewelry, medicine and scientific research. Notably, such revolution is happening in a European industrial framework, where the demand for personnel with appropriate technological skills increases but is not covered by the existing labor-market.