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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
- Google Accessibility Improvements
April 22, 2013
Google started informing its applications user groups today about the accessibility improvements it has made to a range of its applications and software platforms. (Please see below for the quote…
- NFB: Google Apps Accessibility Not There Yet
January 13, 2012
This last October, I wrote about comments made by the National Federation of the Blind’s legal counsel, Dan Goldstein, indicating that Google appeared to be on track to resolve NFB concerns ab…
- Moving Faculty and Staff to Google Apps
April 12, 2011
The decision to move Boise State University employees to Google Apps for Education was initially proposed within Boise State's Office of Information Technology in 2008 . We saw an opportu…
- Google Apps Accessibility: A Light at the End of the Tunnel?
October 5, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, Google announced accessibility improvements to a number of Google Apps , including Google Docs (documents list, documents, and spreadsheets), Google Calendar (agenda vi…
- Google Apps accessibility improvements, Sept. 21 webconference
September 19, 2011
My colleague, Joan Cheverie, blogged on Friday about Google's announcement that day of its accessibility improvements to some of the key elements of Google Apps for Education. You can view J…
- Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle
August 5, 2010
© 2010 Brian Lamb and Jim Groom. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE Review …
- Spotlight on Cloud Computing Series: Google Apps at Brown
August 18, 2010
About a year ago, Brown deployed Google Apps to its 6,000 students and has now decided to extend the service to include faculty and staff as well. In this Webcast, we'll hear about how these…
- The Multiple Personalities of Cloud Computing
June 10, 2010
© 2010 Melissa Woo and Michael Dieckmann. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/lic…
- Spotlight on Cloud Computing Series: A Community Discussion of Google Apps
April 22, 2010
The Google Apps hosted e-mail solution continues to draw a great deal of interest from higher-education institutions. A recent informally planned conference call with a few interested institution…
- Integrating Cloud-Based Video and Audio into Two Learning Management Systems
March 13, 2013
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
This session will describe why and how Wellesley chose to partner with a third-party (Kaltura) to provide cloud-based storage, management, and streaming of course-assigned videos and audio clips.…