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Duke University to Host Construct3D Conference

The Journal reports on a recent announcement by Duke University.  Duke will host “a new conference on how to use 3D printing and digital fabrication in education, covering both K-12 and postsecondary.”

This conference, Construct3D 2017, will run from May 5th to the 7th, “and is expected to move to different institutions annually.”  Duke’s Construct3D 2017’s event organizers are still soliciting for speaker proposals, but they intend the conference to cover “experiences using 3D printing alone or with other types of digital fabrication; original research on the general theme of using 3D printing to enhance learning outcomes; new methods for using 3D printing and digital fabrication in educational environments or to support academic research; theoretical or educational concerns related to the topic; and innovative ideas in research and education covering 3D printing and digital fabrication.”

Construct3D 2017 has a few prominent industry sponsors.  These include “3D printer company Ultimaker, 3D design software maker Autodesk, CNC router company ShopBot, and Duke’s own Office of Information Technology.”  Interestingly, Duke’s Office of Information Technology runs a “Co-Lab, which gives students and staff hands-on and cloud-based access to 50-plus 3D printers and related equipment in the campus’ new Technology Engagement Center.”

Construct3D 2017’s website sums up its vision: “Construct3D 2017 aims to bring together educators from a broad range of educational contexts to exchange ideas and innovation – to accelerate adoption and exploration of 3D printing.  Construct3D offers educational pioneers opportunities to shape the implementation of 3D printing in education in [the] years to come.”

Conference-goers will have to pay $299 per ticket in order to attend Construct3D 2017.

Image Courtesy of Duke University, Construct3D 2017, and Ultimaker

Quotes Courtesy of The Journal and Construct3D 2017

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