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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
- The Future of the University: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education
November 9, 2015
This essay proposes five models of innovation in higher education that expand our "Ideas of the University," envisioning educational start-ups in the spirit of entrepreneurial experimen…
- Pedagogy, Technology, and the Example of Open Educational Resources
November 9, 2015
When no meaningful relationship exists between an educational technology and pedagogy, the tool itself loses value. Open educational resources provide a relevant example of how pedagogy can point…
- What We Can Learn from Jon Stewart about Talent Development
October 16, 2015
We all have opportunities in our careers to become, like Jon Stewart, a “superboss.” We all have opportunities in our careers to become, like…
- Science DMZ: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
November 11, 2015
Science DMZ provides a network-architecture approach optimized for high-performance scientific applications and the transfer of large research data sets over high-speed wide area ne…
- How to Avoid Unintentional Insider Threats
October 30, 2015
People within an organization pose unintentional threats, although lost devices have become a major concern. Training and awareness offer the best protection against losses. …
- VA SCAN: Recognizing Advancement of the Security Profession
October 29, 2015
VA SCAN offers an excellent example of a community trying to build an up-and-coming generation of well-networked and well-educated information security professionals. …
- Cybersecurity Risk Management
October 29, 2015
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework enables a way to effect consistent prioritization, execution, and measurement of activity to achieve cybersecurity risk-management goals, tailored to each institu…
- Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals, One at a Time
October 28, 2015
Student workers bring IT the benefit of having bright young minds embedded in the security organization, and they get a friendly and supportive atmosphere to develop good work habits and learn ab…
- Hacking the Gaming Experience: The (Non-Virtual) Reality of Cybersecurity Video Gamification
October 27, 2015
Players love games because they are effective, memorable, and fun; as a result, games may be the perfect mechanism for teaching any generation both cybersecurity concepts and cybersecurity skills…
- We All Need to Be in the Cybersecurity In-Group
October 27, 2015
Not even the best university IT security team can take on cybercrime alone. The team needs partners throughout the university, including IT professionals, faculty, staff, students, and — well, …