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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
- 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
- Student Privacy (FERPA)
January 20, 2011
FERPA information concering distance education for North Carolina State University's DELTA program. FERPA information concering distance ed…
- 7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization II
August 3, 2009
Data visualization is the use of tools to represent data in the form of charts, maps, tag clouds, animations, or any graphical means that make content easier to understand. Graphic representation…
- 7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization
October 11, 2007
Data visualization is the graphical representation of information. Information technology combines the principles of visualization with powerful applications and large data sets to create sophist…
- 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…
- 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. …
- The Need for Collaboration: Mobile and Secure Ubiquitous Access in Heterogeneous Environments
June 2, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2009
Come hear how students, faculty, and staff can enhance their ability to collaborate more effectively in a unique community and access educational applications anywhere, anytime using Secure Global …
- The 2008 Campus Computing Survey
October 29, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
Begun in 1990, the Campus Computing Project is the largest continuing study of the role of computing, e-learning, and information technology in U.S. higher education. This session will present the …
- Media Services at Georgia Tech: Strategies and Lessons Learned
June 3, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2008
Georgia Tech has offered a centralized video streaming service for over a decade. Initially supported as a traditional shared hosting service with users maintaining their own directories of content…