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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
- Transformation Through Collaboration
January 1, 2003
This presentation will describe strategic planning processes and the resulting transformational outcomes at the system and campus levels. In 1999 the University of North Carolina developed an infor…
- A Doable Vision
January 1, 2003
The processes that the Maricopa Community Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Madison used to vision the future and the resulting ideas will be presented. We will briefly describe the process …
- Making Tough Decisions, or Managing Political Awkwardness
January 1, 2002
Decision-making in higher education is never easy. IT tackles controversial issues such as bandwidth, course management systems, technology fees and network security scans. Advisory groups are tout…
- Envisioning the System-After-Next
January 1, 1997
Inventing the future means challenging our existing ideas. Envisioning ways of integrating people, processes and technology serves as a guidepost to draw organizational development which results …
- LEAD's Current AN-MSI Evaluation Design: Dec 2000
January 1, 2000
This document is an updated version of the LEAD Center's evaluation design for the AN-MSI project, describing what they've done in the past 6 months and what they plan to do for the 6 m…
- "This Place is Awesome!": Program, Service, and Staff Planning for the Center for Science and Social Science Information
March 12, 2013
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
This session will address how new services, staffing models, and a renovated space were created to support today's interdisciplinary and technology-dependent scholarship. The Yale Science Libr…
- E07 Podcast: The 2007 Campus Computing Survey
November 27, 2007
This 36-minute podcast recorded during the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference features Kenneth C. Green , Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project speaking on " The 2007 Campus Compu…
- Building a Shared Database of Products Used at the ACI Schools of Illinois
March 19, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
We all face similar issues and challenges at our schools, and they don't have to be technology-based. From admissions to catalogs, we all apply the same practices and procedures. Wouldn't…
- Larger Scale Distance Learning Initiatives
January 1, 1997
The involvement of multiple campuses in larger scale distance learning initiatives significantly increases the complexity of issues to be considered in program design. The most significant "sy…
- READERS RESPOND: Year 2000
January 1, 1996
Readers Respond is a regular feature of _CAUSE/EFFECT_. In this issue, readers reply to the question: "Looking ahead to the year 2000, is your institution planning to modify existing informat…