Exposing 3D printing to undergraduate fashion merchandising students

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2018-01-01
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Spurgeon, Erica
Abner, Melissa
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3D printing was incorporated into Product Development for Consumers, Apparel Quality Analysis, and Branding and Fashion Technology courses at a Midwestern University. According to recommendations from the SAMR model, 3D printing technology was implemented at a higher level where transformational learning took place. The 3D printer was implemented as an engaging tool to provide higher order thinking, where students can analyze and design tangible items; as opposed to simply learning about a concept. 3D printing not only helped students learn existing course concepts but also provided them with experience using 3D printing technology. Since technology is key to college students' future success, it is important that educators constantly evaluate teaching strategies and implement technology when applicable.

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