Nine out of 10 higher education leaders (88%) regard skills learnt through the use of new printing technologies such as digital fabrication and 3D printing as vital for educational success and job prospects, claims Ricoh Europe in a new report.
Two thirds regard 3D printing as an increasingly important component of STEM-based learning (65%) and consider investment in new printing technology to be a good way to attract new students and improve student satisfaction (66%).
More than eight out of 10 higher education providers (83%) have invested in, or are planning to invest in, printing technologies that enable students to construct and personalise objects and develop the design and prototyping skills needed in the textiles, medicine, automotive and engineering industries.
David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe, said: “Digital fabrication and 3D printing provide the ability to illustrate complex concepts across a variety of subjects. As the way people and machines work together continues to evolve, integrating technical abilities into the learning process helps ensure the skills required of the future workforce become second nature for today’s students.”