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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
- Virtual Software Applications for Students
May 29, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
This presentation will describe the efforts under way at two large research universities to utilize application virtualization technology to greatly enhance student access to university-provided …
- Know Where: Learning in a Complex, Adaptive Age
January 1, 2006
Our existing educational system was created to serve in an era when knowledge was fairly static. Today's complex environments and rapid knowledge growth require an educational model that is …
- Life Online: When Everyone Connects to Everyone and Everything Connects to Everything
December 8, 2005
Presentation at the December 2005 ECAR Symposium in Carefree, Arizona. Ubiquitous computing and communications technology are changing the social and educational worlds of students. The talk pars…
- Providing Your Faculty Global Access to the Instruments of Scientific Discovery
November 16, 2004
Presentation at the November 2004 ECAR Symposium. In the past 20 years, we have seen the establishment of the global Internet and the Web. We are now seeing the emergence of universal grid infras…
- Standards, Services, and Excitement
January 1, 2004
This session explores how Cedarville University developed comprehensive customer service applications and middleware by building small pieces, providing intermediate deliverables, and creating smal…
- Rolling Out Statewide H.323 Services that Truly Serve K20
January 1, 2002
January 1, 2002 NMD0208 …
- How to Improve the Dialogue Between K-12 and Higher Ed on Network Applications and Shared Political Interests
January 1, 2002
The author discusses the history of the dialog between those who represent K-20 interests and those representing higher education interests, he also discusses ways to improve the dialog. …
- Stalking the Valuable, Compelling K20 Statewide Network Applications: Attributes, Examples, Opportunities, and Bitter Experiences
January 1, 2002
Missouri and Indiana present examples of their state networks. Missouri and Indiana present examples of their state networks. …
- MAX-imizing for Success
January 1, 2001
The Mid-Atlantic Crossroads formed to create a network that would bring high performance networking to the mid-Atlantic region that would nimbly adapt to the needs of its connectors. Two applicatio…
- Internet Radio: The New Portal
January 1, 2001
As Internet radio expands from a vehicle for music enjoyment to a new, robust form of communications, Marist College is at the forefront by expanding the radio metaphor to include streaming voice, …