3D Printing: Making the Virtual Real


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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