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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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- $30K Tuition: What Does It Buy from IT? (At Rice, a Lot!)
November 6, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
Undergraduates arrive at Rice, a moderately expensive campus, with highly customized laptops and elevated expectations for services. We welcome them with covert training, market best practices with…
- 'Follow the Money' and Other Unsolicited Advice for CIOs
January 1, 1999
Gregory Jackson, Associate Provost at the University of Chicago, offers advice to senior information technology administrators in higher education. Gre…
- 'Morphing' Community Colleges
April 7, 2009
With some offering bachelor's degrees and others building dorms or creating campuses for businesses, institutional leaders consider how to define missions and emphasize the associate degree.…
- 'Smart Computing' -- Orienting Your Students
January 1, 1999
The Office of Policy Development and Education participates in summer orientation to properly introduce students to proper use of information technology resources at the University of Michigan. Thi…
- 'The World Is Open'
August 25, 2009
Author, Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, explains themes of new book about how technology and "open access" ideas are changing educ…
- 'Tuning' College Degrees
April 8, 2009
In experiment based on European model, three states will seek to agree on competencies and learning objectives needed for six fields of study, regardless of institution. …
- "But Is It Innovative?" A Systematic Approach to Assessing and Evaluating Innovation in Educational Technology
February 6, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
Representatives from Big Ten universities have been developing a flexible framework for analyzing innovation. During this session, we will describe the framework that they developed and then prov…
- "Cyber Security on Campus" Executive Awareness Video
January 1, 2005
Presidents Freeman Hrabowski from UMBC and Alan Merten from George Mason University collaborated with their CIOs, Jack Suess and Joy Hughes, respectively, to produce a provocative video on the re…
- "Do It Yourself" Project Portfolio Management
January 1, 2004
Project portfolio management (PPM) aims to single out IT projects that offer the greatest benefit to the organization. Learn the step-by-step process by which the University of Arizona's Fin…
- "Flip IT! Flip IT Good!" User-Centered Solutions Create Success
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
You've heard of flipping houses, even classrooms, but what about a help desk? Web services? Incorporating user-centered design into a help desk remodel yielded a better user experience and pro…