3D Printing and Community Engagement

The price of enterprise-class 3D printers is now under $2,000. Maybe it’s time we started thinking about some of the potential uses of 3D printing in community engagement?

The opportunities for this technology to support small creative enterprises is tremendous. The next surge in manufacturing jobs may just be in manufacturing customized products one at a time. Knowledge sharing will also benefit, as tangible objects of all types will be created to make learning (including applied learning) just a little more real.

Spend a few minutes with this PBS video called, Will 3D Printing Change the World?” You’ll probably think of many, many more community-centered applications for 3D printing.

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2012 Horizon Report

The annual Horizon Report, from EDUCAUSE and the New Media Consortium is now available.The report analyzes the emerging areas of technology that will have the greatest impact on higher education. The report can be downloaded here. The video below offers a glimpse into the report’s findings.