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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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Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for 3D Printing
January 1, 2015 File: Session Slides …
- $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…
- "Bag It and Tag It": Implementing a Course-Level Learning Portfolio Using CMS-Based Tools to Document Student Learning When Teaching in Wild, Open Spaces with Cloud-Based Tools (Pilot Program/Emerging Technology)
February 14, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
As more of us adopt cloud-based tools (e.g., blogs, wikis, Google Docs, etc.) for use by students in authentic learning activities, we find ourselves without the student-produced artifacts that we …
- "Build It and They Will Come," But Will They?
January 1, 2002
Harvard's Graduate School of Education (HGSE) has built a Web site for each course using homegrown course management software. This presentation will examine the conventional wisdom that "…
- "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…
- "Can You Hear Me Now? Good" -- Using Webcams and Blackboard to Create a Virtual Classroom
January 1, 2003
A discussion of the development and creation of an online course that uses two-way audio and video. We will present the pros and cons of this method of educational delivery and the outcomes of the …
- "Chronicle" Tech Trends: Looking Back and Peering Forward
October 17, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
The Chronicle of Higher Education 's team of award-winning reporters focused on technology, along with an editor for its ProfHacker blog, will identify key trends in education technology …
- "Clickers" in the Classroom: Analyses from the University of Wisconsin System Project
October 11, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2006 Annual Conference
The University of Wisconsin System sponsored a major project to evaluate the interactive classroom technology known as student response systems or "clickers." This session will report on …
- "Crowdsourcing" a Textbook: 120 Student Authors Writing on a Wiki (Research-Based)
February 15, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
Many instructors have experimented with student-authored wiki textbooks. Advantages include reading and evaluating primary literature and facilitating constructivist learning. We manage the peer-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…