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International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of 3D Printing

International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of 3D Printing

The report looks at which faculty use 3D printing, how much they use it, and where they use it; in the library or in other university locations, for example. It also probes the question of how much faculty value this capability and how they have used it. Data in the 50-page report is broken out by more than 10 criteria including but not limited to: country of origin of faculty member (with separate data for the USA, Canada, UK/Ireland and Australia), age and gender of faculty member, academic field, size of university, academic title or position, world university ranking, and many other useful variables.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

8.59% of faculty sampled have used or assigned for use a 3D printer.
Older faculty were somewhat less likely than others to have used a non-library located 3D printer; for example, only 6.34% of faculty aged 60 or over have used one.
Respondents mentioned the following institutions for their particularly creative or admirable use of 3D printing in research or instruction: the San Francisco Art Institute, the Creative Lab at the Salt Lake City Public Library, the University of Manchester Aerospace and Civil Engineering Faculties, University of California Davis, Temple University, University of California Berkeley, Technische Universität München, Bucknell University, Rochester University, Virginia Commonwealth University (Sculpture).

Faculty from some of the following universities participated in the study: Australian National University, Brown University, Carleton University, Drexel University, Emory University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, McGill University, Monash University, State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Saint Louis University, Staffordshire University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, University of Michigan, University College Dublin, University Nottingham, University of Birmingham, University of California at Davis, University of Chicago, University of Leeds, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nottingham, University of South Florida, University of Strathclyde, University of Technology Sydney, University of Toronto, University of Western Australia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Washington State University, and Yale University.


THE QUESTIONNAIRE
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS
Characteristics of the Sample
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Percentage of Faculty Who Use 3D Printers
Percentage of Faculty Who Use 3D Printers in a University Library
Percentage of Faculty Who Use Non-University Library Located 3D Printers
Faculty Evaluation of the Importance to Them of Access to a 3D Printer
Frequency of Use of 3D Printers
Faculty View of Universities and other Institutions with Particularly Admirable 3D Printing Services
Table 1.1 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy?
Table 1.2 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by Country
Table 1.3 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by US News & World Report World Ranking
Table 1.4 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private University
Table 1.5 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use for professional purposes a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by Gender
Table 1.6 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use for professional purposes a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 1.7 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use a 3D Printer for professional purposes that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by Age Range
Table 1.8 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use for professional purposes a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by political views
Table 1.9 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use for professional purposes a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by tenure status
Table 1.10 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use for professional purposes a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by teaching load in the past year
Table 1.11 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use for professional purposes a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by academic title
Table 1.12 Have you ever personally used or assigned for use for professional purposes a 3D Printer that makes objects similar to the way a photocopy machine make a photocopy? Broken out by academic field
Table 2 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at any of the following locations? (Check all that apply)
Table 2.1.1 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library?
Table 2.1.2 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by Country
Table 2.1.3 If you have used a 3D printer in conjunction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking
Table 2.1.4 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private University
Table 2.1.5 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by Gender
Table 2.1.6 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 2.1.7 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by Age Range
Table 2.1.8 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by political views
Table 2.1.9 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by tenure status
Table 2.1.10 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by teaching load in the past year
Table 2.1.11 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by academic title
Table 2.1.12 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at your university library? Broken out by academic field
Table 2.2.1 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location?
Table 2.2.2 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by Country
Table 2.2.3 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking
Table 2.2.4 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private University
Table 2.2.5 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by Gender
Table 2.2.6 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 2.2.7 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by Age Range
Table 2.2.8 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by political views
Table 2.2.9 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by tenure status
Table 2.2.10 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by teaching load in the past year
Table 2.2.11 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by academic title
Table 2.2.12 If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at a non-Library University location? Broken out by academic field
If you have used a 3D printer in conjuction with teaching or scholarship have you used one at any of the following locations? Other (please specify)
Table 3.1 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship?
Table 3.2 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by Country
Table 3.3 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking
Table 3.4 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private University
Table 3.5 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by Gender
Table 3.6 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 3.7 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by Age Range
Table 3.8 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by political views
Table 3.9 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by tenure status
Table 3.10 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by teaching load in the past year
Table 3.11 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by academic title
Table 3.12 How important is it to you to have access to a 3D printer at your university for your teaching or scholarship? Broken out by academic field
Table 4.1 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period).
Table 4.2 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by Country
Table 4.3 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking
Table 4.4 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by USA Public, Non-USA Public, Private University
Table 4.5 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by Gender
Table 4.6 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by Enrollment
Table 4.7 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by Age Range
Table 4.8 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by political views
Table 4.9 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by tenure status
Table 4.10 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by teaching load in the past year
Table 4.11 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by academic title
Table 4.12 How many times in the past year have you used a 3D printer at any location for any reason? (put in 0 if you have not used one in this time period). Broken out by academic field
What could your university do to better manage or develop its 3D printing facilities?
If you admire any institution for the way it is using 3D printers in teaching or scholarship which institutions and what are they doing that you admire?

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