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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
- The Brink of Closure: What Motivates Higher Education to Change?
September 1, 2015
Author: James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J. There are many articles written about the need for change in higher education. The primary options seem to be either reinvent the en…
- Effective Communication: Not As Easy As It Seems
August 17, 2015
Effective communication can improve relationships by building trust and respect, it can help us better understand a situation, and it can create environments in which creative ideas, problem solv…
- The Chief Information Officer in Higher Education, 2015 Reports
July 20, 2015
This study provides information about higher education CIOs’ attributes, education, experience, and effectiveness and about the technology professionals who are likely to replace these…
- Meditations of a CIO Yogi
June 22, 2015
Tracy Schroeder, Vice President for Information Services & Technology at Boston University, is the 2015 Viewpoints department editor for EDUCAUSE Review . My first CIO role, a…
- Returning Home: John O’Brien, in His Own Words
June 22, 2015
Excerpts from an interview with John O'Brien, the incoming President and CEO of EDUCAUSE. Bill Hogue is Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at the University of…
- The IT Leader Today
June 8, 2015
In spring 2015, EDUCAUSE and Jisc published a report on the future IT leader. Many of the working group contributors were interviewed about what it means to be an IT leader today, as summarize…
- Technology in Higher Education: Defining the Strategic Leader
April 27, 2015
IT is simultaneously more challenging, relevant, and exciting than ever; leading IT requires unique characteristics and capabilities. But what qualities make for a successful IT leader in this…
- Leadership Lessons I Learned from Diana Oblinger
April 27, 2015
Diana Oblinger's most enduring legacy will be the profound effect and influence that she has had on the lives of higher education IT professionals. Timothy Chester is Vice Pr…
- Planning the IT Career You Want
April 27, 2015
The wide range and scope of careers within higher education information technology requires active planning for the career that is right for you. Katie L. Vale is Director of Digi…
- Leading as an Intentional Journey
April 27, 2015
Leadership may not start out as a destination, but for successful leaders, it becomes an intentional journey. Theresa Rowe is Chief Information Officer at Oakland University. She …