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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.

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