I believe 3D printing will further enrich the learning environment of college biology students because…
-they will be able to learn skills and obtain knowledge about 3D printing that will help them further in their career
-they will be able to experience hands-on learning
-using this kind of technology gets students excited about learning
On the topic of 3D printing in academics, Hod Lipson, from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University suggests, “This trend can be exploited to revive one of the important forms of hands-on active learning, as well as to address one of the challenges of mass-customized education. ”
Lipson, Hod. “Printable 3D Models for Customized Hands-on Education .” Creative Machines. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2014. <http://creativemachines.cornell.edu/papers/MCPC07_Lipson.pdf>.
In the 2013 NMC Report, a report conducted by the New Media Consortium, who track new technology in education, it is stated that, “Relatively affordable at under $2,500, the MakerBot has brought 3D printing to the masses; the technology had previously only been found in specialized labs.”
Johnson, L., Adams, S., Cummins, M., Estrada, V., Freeman, A. & Ludgate, H. (2013). The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition. NMC.
Vincent F. Scalfani, a Science and Engineering Librarian and Josh Sahib, a Distance Education Librarian, both at the University of Alabama conducted a study on 3D printing use in their library and claim, “User response to the availability of 3D printing has been high. In just two months, approximately 50 users have been trained through a combination of six workshops. The users came from various departments such as Art, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and English.”
Scalfani, Vincent , and Josh Sahib. “A Model for Managing 3D Printing Services in Academic Libraries.” A Model for Managing 3D Printing Services in Academic Libraries. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2014. <http://www.istl.org/13-spring/refereed1.html>.