May 20, 2022

Academic Libraries: “Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service”

A new 5000+ word article plus several multimedia embeds published by EDUCUASE Review.


Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service


Patrick Colegrove
University of Nevada, Reno


October 27, 2014

Key Takeaways

  • Findings from a University of Nevada, Reno, project indicate that higher education’s need for 3D printing services could be both substantial and broad-based across disciplines
  • Users from across disciplinary and organizational boundaries quickly adopted a 3D printing service implemented in a UNR academic library, with the new printers operating at or near capacity throughout the service’s first year
  • Anecdotal observation suggests that 3D printer access directly enables deeper engagement with and construction of knowledge.

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See Also: infoDOCKET First Shared an Article About 3D Printing at the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library (University of Nevada, Reno) on October 19, 2012.

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