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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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Library Items on this Topic
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 …
- Google Apps for Education: A Not-So-Simple Decision
February 14, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
Although many higher education institutions have moved to Google Apps for Education (GAE), Rice has not been as quick to act. The processes and decisions behind our approach to migrating our underg…
- University E-Commerce: A Balancing Act
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
What do you find as your biggest challenge regarding e-commerce solutions? This session will provide a perspective on one university's identification of its challenges and the surprisingly sim…
- Restructuring Your Application Portfolio for Speed - Sponsored by Presidio
November 8, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
IT organizations in all industries are challenged to maintain their significant systems of record while at the same time quickly satisfying new demands from the organizations they serve. This ses…
- The Evolution of Wireless: How Colleges Are Succeeding Today
October 19, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
This presentation will provide attendees with a firsthand account of how to select and manage a virtualized wireless LAN to support the proliferation of wireless devices and mission-critical appl…
- Student Privacy (FERPA)
January 20, 2011
FERPA information concering distance education for North Carolina State University's DELTA program. FERPA information concering distance ed…
- E10 Session Podcast: GLORIAD: Advanced Networking and Cyberinfrastructure for Global Science and Education Collaboration
November 4, 2010
The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development ( GLORIAD ) is a "ring of rings" fiber-optic network around the northern hemisphere connecting the science and education …
- 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…
- 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 Survey Channel: Now Available in HD Delivery
October 30, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
ITS at Mississippi State University has created an efficient and secure online survey instrument used in the university's portal survey channel. The campus portal, onCampus, enables the instru…