3D Printing and Education - Infographic Poster


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The term refers to the development of affordable technologies that enable the transfer of complex manufacturing process to the end user of a product. The most notable of these (or the ones that have received the most attention) are so-called 3D printers. 3D printers are able to construct a physical object on the basis of a computer generated model using a range of materials. But, these technologies may also include laser cutters that are able to “punch-out” a design from a piece of material (laser cutters are not yet considered a viable consumer item but there’s no reason not to assume that they will be in the future). The implications of these technologies will be significant because they have the potential to radically alter consumer behaviors and markets. Instead of manufacturing a surplus of objects that a producer hopes to sell, producers will simply provide the design in a computer format and consumers will manufacture them themselves. This raises numerous questions about the nature of work in the future, and insofar as education is expected to prepare the future labor force, for educators as well. Thingiverse by Markerbot is an example of a 3D printing community and market.

Visit an interactive version of the infographic at: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/380981783115595778

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3D Printing and Education - Infographic Poster

  1. 1. BUILD YOUR LEARNING WITH 3D PRINTING 1984: WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTER 2010: FIRST 3D BIOPRINTER (WITH ABILITY TO PRINT ORGANS) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. —Albert Einstein 2013: WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTER VENDING MACHINE, 3D PRINTING PEN, AND 3D PRINTED DRESS UNVEILED 2014: WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED BUILDING EXPECTED WHEN WILL 3D PRINTING MAKE ITS MARK ON YOU? CURRENT CONVERSATIONS REVOLVE AROUND THE IDEA OF A PRESENT KNOWLEDGEBASED ECONOMY. Imagination and creativity: Think 3D printing on the moon. → Be a prosumer. Create your physical world in a highly iterative, complex, tactile way. An increasingly active learning environment — in 3-D instead of 2-D. PREPARE FOR A REVOLUTIONARY MARKET SHIFT. Innovation and its ethical concerns: 3D printed guns are already in the works. Critical thinking and problem solving. In 2010, an 83-yearold woman became the first to have a 3D-printed jaw transplant. Collaboration. Dutch architects are working on a 3D-printed house that can be assembled in one day. This is your brain. WHAT DOES A DESIGNBASED ECONOMY LOOK LIKE? Collaborate beyond classroom walls. Exchange opensource blueprints: www.thingiverse. com Entrepreneurship and leadership. Think cubify.com. This is your brain on 3D printing. STATS: Current “Single Replicator” from MarketBot only costs $1749. The industry is currently valued at $1.2 billion (as of 2012), expected to grow 300% to 5.2% by 2020. The personal 3D printer fabbster from Sintermask. Photo from Flickr. Sources include: Fast Company; Huffington Post; Techcrunch.com; psfk.com; store.makerbot.com; the Telegraph; dvice.com; global.fncstatic.com CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION: HTTP://LEAPFROG.UMN.EDU/FUTUREOFEDUCATION ORGANIZED BY THE TECHNOLOGY REDESIGN TASK GROUP FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP, POLICY, AND DEVELOPMENT