Research article #1
Bhatia, U. (2015). 3D Printing Technology. International Journal of Engineering and Technical Research (IJETR), 3(2), pp. 327 - 330.
Article #1 Questions
1. Most 3D printers that are used in schools employ the extrusion method of printing, what risks do you see arising from this printing methodology?
2. Bhatia recognizes the ways that 3D printing technology is changing the realm of manufacturing, by including these technologies in the classroom are we creating more proficient labourers for the future or hindering our current economy?
3. Does 3D printing allow students to gain physical making skills, or is it too heavily focused on the eMaking portion?
Research Article #2
Loy, J. (2014). eLearning and eMaking: 3D Printing Blurring the Digital and the Physical. Education Sciences, 4(1), pp. 108 - 121.
Article #2 Questions
1. How does the 3D printer enhance student centered learning pedagogies?
2. Is the 3D printer an effective tool to be able to be used in any grade level or subject?
3. With the decline of traditional 'shop based' classes, is there a place for eMaking and 3D printing technologies in the current education system?
4. 3D printing requires students to spend a lot of time in the digital realm to create a final product. How can we use this virtual time to effectively encourage the development of metacognitive or reflective skills?
Research Article #3
Ostashewski, N., Reid, E., & Reid, D. (2014). Introducing 3D Printing to the Classroom Using Inquiry: A Case Study Describing Implementation, Challenges, and Successes. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2014 (pp. 1597-1605).
Article #3 Questions
1. Was the 3D printer used effectively by the teacher in the research study? Explain.
2. Should the printer have been made available to the whole school in a more public area, or was it better to have been in the classroom?
3. Was the 3D printer used effectively to support the Ontario curriculum?
4. The authors express the safety challenges that arose with the use of 3D printing technology, is this a big enough deterrent to keep them out of the classroom?
Ethics Based Articles
These articles cover the controversial topics of 3D printing as it is used with relation to the creation of guns and weaponry as well as its biological potential to create human organs and tissues. If these concepts interest you, the following articles provide insight into these ethical concerns.
Research Article #4
Little, R. (2014). Guns Don't Kill People, 3D Printing Does? Why the Technology is a Distraction from Effective Gun Control. Hastings Law Journal, 65, pp. 1505 - 1514.
Research Article #5
Li, X. et. al. (2014). 3D-Printed Biopolymers for Tissue Engineering Application. International Journal of Polymer Science, pp. 1 - 13.