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3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing and in industrial circles as rapid prototyping, is the process of building an object using a machine that puts down material layer by layer until the desired object is formed. Such printers use specifications generated by computer modeling applications or by 3D scans of existing objects. This process of creating 3D models is much faster than many traditional methods of creating prototypes or replicas of existing objects, facilitating an innovative culture of learning in which students can quickly move from imagination to the production of a solid model
Explore this resource site—a collection of EDUCAUSE and other resources related to 3D Printing.
Articles, Papers, and Reports
- Trends in 3D Printing. In this presentation is from CNI's December 2014 member meeting, James King of NIH and Kathlin Ray of the University of Nevada, Reno, describe 3D printing programs at their institution's libraries and explore what's different about 3D printing as a service in a library.
- Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service, EDUCAUSE Review Online, October 2014. This article details findings from a University of Nevada, Reno, project that indicate that higher education's need for 3D printing services could be both substantial and broad-based across disciplines.
- High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big, NPR, All Tech Considered, April 2014. Maker spaces have become hotbeds of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Governments, universities and big corporations are noticing and beginning to invest in them.
- Making Way for Maker Culture, Alan Labb and Elizabeth Neely, EDUCAUSE Review, March 2014.
- Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition, The NMC Horizon Project, January 2014. This report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years.
- Video Competition: 2014 Horizon Report, February 2014. Each video focuses on one or two of the six 2014 technologies listed in this year's report, including 3D Printers
- ELI’s 7 Things You Should Know About 3D Printing, contributor: Tim Owens (University of Mary Washington), July 2012.
- 10 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education [Infographic], TeachThought, February 2013.
- Made in the USA – American companies behind the rise of 3D printers, 3DPrinterPrices.net, July 2013.
- 3D Printing: Making the Virtual Real, A Michael Berman, October 2007.
Institutions using 3D Printers
- Case Western Reserve University's think[box]
- University of Illinois, MakerLab
- Missouri University of Science and Technology
- University of Southern California, Viterbi
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for 3D Printing
- New Challenges to Active Learning Initiatives
January 25, 2016
Year two of Case Western Reserve University's Active Learning Fellowship program supported the first year's evidence of success in using active learning techniques in active …
- Adopting New Technologies for Student Success: a Readiness Framework
May 31, 2014
By Melinda Mechur Karp & Jeffrey Fletcher, Community College Research Center This report presents a literature-based framework that identifies characteristics associated with colleges&…
- Top 10 IT Issues, 2016: Divest, Reinvest, and Differentiate
January 11, 2016
In 2016, higher education IT organizations are divesting themselves of technologies that can be sourced elsewhere and of practices that have become inefficient and are reinvesting to deve…
- 7 Things You Should Know About the Evolution of the Transcript
January 11, 2016
Efforts are under way to capture a broader range of learning experiences and create frameworks to curate them, providing a more holistic view of student learning. Expanded records would conta…
- Ithaca College Digital Instruction and Information Services, Strategic Plan 2015-2020
December 23, 2015
This is a link to the Ithaca College Digital Instruction and Information Services, Strategic Plan 2015-2020. This is a link to the Ithaca College…
- iPASS Request for Proposals
May 1, 2015
Increasing the Impact of Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS) That Help Students Get—and Stay—on Track This Request for Proposals is no longer open. Final proposals were d…
- 7 Things You Should Know About NGDLE
December 9, 2015
The next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) is conceived as an ecosystem—a learning environment consisting of learning tools and components that adhere to common standards. …
- 7 Things You Should Read About Personalized Learning Models
November 24, 2015
The topic of personalized learning —along with related concepts such as adaptive learning and competency-based education —has received considerable attention lately, including predictio…
- Integrated Planning & Advising for Student Success: After a Convening, Work Begins
October 30, 2015
iPASS stands for Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success. There’s a lot behind the five-letter acronym and the name it stands for – and it means much more, for the students and f…
- Pedagogy, Technology, and the Example of Open Educational Resources
November 9, 2015
When no meaningful relationship exists between an educational technology and pedagogy, the tool itself loses value. Open educational resources provide a relevant example of how pedagogy can point…