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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
- University of Northern Colorado Information Management and Technology: Standards, Policies & Procedures
March 21, 2014
The University of Northern Colorado provides information technology resources to a large and varied group, including faculty, staff, students and guests. All members of this community are respo…
- Northwestern University Video Recording and Surveillance Policy
April 2, 2012
This policy has been developed to requlate the use of a closed circuit television cameras or other video equipment to monitor and record public and restricted areas for the purposes of safety an…
- Student Privacy (FERPA)
January 20, 2011
FERPA information concering distance education for North Carolina State University's DELTA program. FERPA information concering distance ed…
- Duke University Social Media Policy
October 21, 2010
The purpose of these guidelines is to help Duke communicators understand how Duke policies apply to new communications technologies such as blogs and social networking sites, and to guide them in…
- Social Media Use on the Internet
July 8, 2010
A Guide for University of Iowa Employees on Social Media Use on the Internet. A Guide for University of Iowa Employees on Social Media Use on the…
- Yale University & FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) Requirements
March 18, 2010
The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. § 3541) is a United States federal law enacted as Title III of the E-Government Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-347, 116 Stat. 2899). FIS…
- DePaul University Social Media Guidelines
January 1, 2011
DePaul University provides general recommendations for Social Media use. DePaul University provides general recommendations for Social Media us…
- Washington University in St. Louis Social Media Policy
June 1, 2012
Washington University in St. Louis supports the use of social media by its community members as a way to facilitate communication. Social media tools, uses and challenges are evolving rapidly, an…
- University of Notre Dame's Alternative Work Site Policy
December 14, 2006
This is the University of Notre Dame's policy to support the creation of alternative work site assignments, of either short term or long term duration, as mutually agreed to by the individua…
- A Guide to Job Flexibilty at MIT: Tools for Employees and Supervisors Considering Flexible Work Arrangement
December 7, 2006
This MIT guide can be used as a framework for employees and supervisors/managers to explore work arrangement flexibility and to develop a plan for determining if a flexible arrangement will work …