Main Nav

3D Printing: Making the Virtual Real

Monday, October 15, 2007


The evolving technologies committee is charged with identifying and monitoring evolving technologies and their impact on higher education institutions. This submission is on 3D printing.

A 3D printer uses a virtual, mathematical model to construct a physical artifact. By facilitating the rapid creation of physical objects, 3D printers have the potential for a unique impact on pedagogy. This whitepaper describes the process of 3D printing and briefly surveys current and upcoming technology in this area. A new generation of low-cost, easier-to-operate devices will make 3D printers much more common on higher education campuses in the next few years.

Download This Resource

Tags from the EDUCAUSE Library

Tags from the Community


Neil Gershenfeld's FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication


Connect: San Antonio
April 22–24
Register Now

Events for all Levels and Interests

Whether you're looking for a conference to attend face-to-face to connect with peers, or for an online event for team professional development, see what's upcoming.


Digital Badges
Member recognition effort
Earn yours >

Career Center

Leadership and Management Programs

EDUCAUSE Institute
Project Management



Jump Start Your Career Growth

Explore EDUCAUSE professional development opportunities that match your career aspirations and desired level of time investment through our interactive online guide.


EDUCAUSE organizes its efforts around three IT Focus Areas



Join These Programs If Your Focus Is


Get on the Higher Ed IT Map

Employees of EDUCAUSE member institutions and organizations are invited to create individual profiles.



2015 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

Learn More >

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good™

EDUCAUSE is the foremost community of higher education IT leaders and professionals.