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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
- Connecting the Dots: Synthesizing Key Topics in the Evolution of E-Content
February 10, 2016
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - Connecting the Dots: Synthesizing Key Topics in the Evolution of E-Content
Join us for a fast-paced and interactive salon where we will bring together the EDUCAUSE Review 2015 E-Content columnists to discuss their ideas and how these ideas connect to each other and the …
- New Year, New Challenges: Preparing Your Campus for Data Privacy and Security Issues in the Year Ahead
December 19, 2013
As technology continues to evolve, so do the data privacy and security risks facing colleges and universities. New products and programs have made it easier to teach, gather, and share informat…
- The 2016 Top 10 IT Issues
January 13, 2016
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - The 2016 Top 10 IT Issues
The Top 10 IT Issues for 2016 were published in EDUCAUSE Review in January. EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek and three IT leaders from the IT Issues panel will present the list, discuss why t…
- What's Next in Active Learning? Meeting the Learning Needs of Today's Students with Technology
December 10, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - What's Next in Active Learning?
Many universities have implemented active learning classrooms (ALCs) or are currently planning these spaces. The University of Oklahoma has seen three years of increasing investment in ALCs throu…
- Students and Faculty on Their IT Experience and Expectations: 2015 ECAR Findings
November 18, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE Live! - Students and Faculty on Their IT Experience and Expectations
Are your faculty prepared to leverage mobile devices in creative and engaging ways? Is your campus leadership ready to invest in analytics? Can your wireless infrastructure support the growing de…
- Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity and Safety on Your Campus and in Your Community
October 7, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE Live! - Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity and Safety on Your Campus and in Your Community
Awareness and education are key elements of creating a culture of safety on campus. For 11 years, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has spearheaded National Cyber Security Awareness Mon…
- TEACH Act Update: The Path to Voluntary Guidelines for Accessible Instructional Materials
September 22, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - TEACH Act Update
In November 2013, the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act was introduced in Congress. The bill was intended to foster the development of voluntary …
- Understanding the Evolution of E-Portfolio Practice: Where Do We Go from Here?
January 13, 2014
Join Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz as they moderate this webinar with Gary Brown and Helen Chen. According to ECAR's annual study of undergraduate students and IT, seven times as many st…
- Tips and Tricks for Successful Negotiation
August 12, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE Live! - Tips and Tricks for Successful Negotiation
The concept of negotiation is something we use almost every day with co-workers, bosses, friends, and family. Learning to negotiate successfully, especially where both parties feel the result is a …
- Quality Matters for MOOCs: Results and Implications of the First QM MOOC Reviews
December 2, 2013
In this webinar we’ll present the results of the first set of Quality Matters reviews of MOOCs developed for general and remedial education students. The strengths and weaknesses, relat…