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3D Printing for Technologists in Higher Ed
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About this session:

3D printing is an emerging technology with the potential to change almost every aspect of our daily lives. Is this technology the future? Will it stand the test of time? What is its place in higher education? It’s our responsibility as technology professionals to be familiar with technologies like 3D printing and to have informed answers to those questions.

Relevance and Takeaway:

Not only does 3D printing have something to offer our clients in academia, the technology has a great deal of utility for technology departments and support organizations. Mendoza IT’s team has been using 3D printing to solve technology problems in the classroom and in other areas across the college. We hope that this type of presentation will give our peer institutions an exciting inside look at how we’ve been using this technology, inspire them to start solving their own unique problems with 3D printing, and will point them in the right direction to begin using the technology at their own institutions.

I’ll start by taking an in depth look at the history of 3D printing, how it’s evolved over time, and speculate where it may be headed in the future. The nuts and bolts of how the technology works, and the different technologies that are available will be another primary focus of the presentation. I will also provide a glimpse at some of the software involved and what the 3D printing workflow looks like. Lastly, I’ll speak to how you can get involved and start 3D printing for yourself. Afterwards, I hope that there’s a healthy dialogue about the specific problems that each school faces that might be possible to address with 3D printing.

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About the presenter:

Jim Spencer, Mendoza College of Business IT,
University of Notre Dame-

Jim Spencer is an educational technician at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2010, his professional experience in AV ranged from live sound and music, to HiFi and high end residential theater installations, to presentation technology in commercial and educational settings. Jim has been closely involved with design, installation, programming, interface design, maintenance, and end user support across a wide variety of classrooms and other technology spaces on campus. After joining the College of Business in 2013, Jim has been able to merge his expertise in classroom technology with his passion for the maker movement and emerging technologies like 3D printing.

Outside of work, Jim is a board member at The MakerHive makerspace, helps organize a large 3D printing event called the Midwest RepRap Festival, and runs the technology for a rapidly growing public forum called Ignite Michiana. He has been interviewed by online 3D printing and maker publications multiple times, spoken to large groups about 3D printing, and even runs a small side business consulting and prototyping 3D printed parts.