3D printers: gimmick or game changer?

Donald Clark, Plan B, Oct 25, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A lot of people are predicting big things for 3D printing in education (and elsewhere). No doubt it will have its uses - people could print their own golf tees, cutlary, and whatnot. But revolutionary? I'm inclined to say no. Others agree. "Are they the ‘next big thing’ or merely an expensive way to produce lots of ‘small, useless, plastic things’? ... Little plastic objects have also been around for a long time but are not used that much in learning. Sure, there will be some applications in learning but this may not be a game changer."

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