ABC and 3D: Opportunities and obstacles to 3D printing in special education environments

Erin Buehler, Shaun K. Kane, Amy Hurst

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Abstract

Consumer-grade digital fabrication such as 3D printing is on the rise, and we believe it can be leveraged to great benefit in the arena of special education. Although 3D printing is beginning to infiltrate mainstream education, little to no research has explored 3D printing in the context of students with special support needs. We present a formative study exploring the use of 3D printing at three locations serving populations with varying ability, including individuals with cognitive, motor, and visual impairments. We found that 3D design and printing performs three functions in special education: developing 3D design and printing skills encourages STEM engagement; 3D printing can support the creation of educational aids for providing accessible curriculum content; and 3D printing can be used to create custom adaptive devices. In addition to providing opportunities to students, faculty, and caregivers in their efforts to integrate 3D printing in special education settings, our investigation also revealed several concerns and challenges. We present our investigation at three diverse sites as a case study of 3D printing in the realm of special education, discuss obstacles to efficient 3D printing in this context, and offer suggestions for designers and technologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages107-114
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450327206
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2014
Event16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2014 - Rochester, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2014Oct 22 2014

Publication series

NameASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Conference

Conference16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityRochester
Period10/20/1410/22/14

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Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Assistive technology
  • Children
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Developmental disability
  • Digital fabrication
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Special education
  • Visual impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture

Cite this

Buehler, E., Kane, S. K., & Hurst, A. (2014). ABC and 3D: Opportunities and obstacles to 3D printing in special education environments. In ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 107-114). (ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2661334.2661365

ABC and 3D : Opportunities and obstacles to 3D printing in special education environments. / Buehler, Erin; Kane, Shaun K.; Hurst, Amy.

ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2014. p. 107-114 (ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Buehler, E, Kane, SK & Hurst, A 2014, ABC and 3D: Opportunities and obstacles to 3D printing in special education environments. in ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, pp. 107-114, 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2014, Rochester, United States, 10/20/14. https://doi.org/10.1145/2661334.2661365
Buehler E, Kane SK, Hurst A. ABC and 3D: Opportunities and obstacles to 3D printing in special education environments. In ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2014. p. 107-114. (ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility). https://doi.org/10.1145/2661334.2661365
Buehler, Erin ; Kane, Shaun K. ; Hurst, Amy. / ABC and 3D : Opportunities and obstacles to 3D printing in special education environments. ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2014. pp. 107-114 (ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility).
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