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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
- Transforming Learning for the 21st Century: An Economic Imperative
January 1, 2006
To succeed in a "flat," global, knowledge-based economy, graduates of higher education institutions must have literacy in science and mathematics, creativity, fluency in information and…
- IT and the Changing Face of Research in Higher Education
January 31, 2006
This research bulletin provides policymakers with an introduction to the evolving national cyberinfrastructure, discusses the role that new networking and enabling technologies play in integratin…
- CHEMA Looks at the Future of Higher Education, 2006
January 30, 2006
This survey instrument is part of a project sponsored by CHEMA to look at the future of higher education from the perspective of its members. The project will examine how the executives who lead …
- Bridging the GAP: Unified Approaches to Governance, Architecture, and Procurement
December 8, 2005
Presentation at the December 2005 ECAR Symposium in Carefree, Arizona. This presentation identifies a set of principles covering information technology governance, architecture, and procurement (…
- University of California, San Diego: Increasing Operational Efficiencies Through Business Process Redesign and Analytics
December 12, 2005
This case study illustrates how UCSD has accomplished a significant business process redesign through Sponsored Project Excellence Achieved through Redesign (SPEAR), a project in research and gra…
- University of Phoenix: Driving Decisions Through Academic Analytics
December 12, 2005
This case study examines how developing a data-driven decision-making environment through academic analytics has challenged the University of Phoenix throughout its central and campus organizatio…
- EDUCAUSE Core Data Service: Fiscal Year 2004 Summary Report
January 1, 2005
EDUCAUSE Core Data Service Fiscal Year 2004 Summary Report summarizes much of the data collected through the 2004 EDUCAUSE core data survey about campus information technology (IT) en…
- Computer-Recycling Business Booms
January 1, 2005
"RetroBox, a fast-growing Ohio company, buys discarded computers that it recycles and rebuilds. The goal is to keep the machines out of landfills -- the U.S. government alone throws away 10,00…
- Tertiary Education Policy in Comparative Perspective: What Is Happening in Other Countries and Why It Matters
January 1, 2003
The gap between the United States and other advanced, democratic, market-driven economies in terms of access to higher education, diversity in institutions and students, and sharing of the costs of…
- Information Technology and Campus Facility Planning
May 10, 2005
Based on principles relating to the impact of technology on building design and construction, this research bulletin describes how the University System of Georgia developed and implemented state…