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Many 3D printer suppliers provide their printer specifications in disparate formats making an “apples to apples” comparisons difficult. The purpose of a recently launched selection engine was to display printer specifications in a common format so users are able to make appropriate comparisons. The engine, along with the website interface, is currently hosted on a university webpage. Since it was launched, user data on the usability and value of the webpage has been collected. Users are responding to a survey to gauge the ability of the engine to match 3D printers based on user inputs; it will gauge the effectiveness of the selection engine in matching the print build volume, print material, and color capabilities, as examples, of commercially 3D printers. The 3D printer selection engine will be expanded and improved upon based on the survey results. Initially data will be collect through a two-semester cycle—fall 2016 and spring 2017. Data will also be collected over the summer of 2017 and the fall of 2017. The selection engine will be advertised through campus and engineering and technology list serves to promote wider engagement. A web counter will be programmed on the main webpage of the selection engine to track the number of users who visit the webpage to gauge the adoption rate. It is anticipated that users will save time by using the 3D printer selection engine and webpage in contrast to visiting the hundreds of 3D printer supplier webpages available to match their design requirements with appropriate 3D printers. It is also anticipated that this selection engine will be adopted by users around the world.
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