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3D Printing

Ontario's Sheridan College is also looking several years out at when the 3D printing revolution might be ready to explode. The school recently spent about $1 million on cutting-edge equipment, including 3D printers, for its Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies. The lab, which the school boasts is the best-outfitted educational facility of its kind in North America, partners engineering students with local businesses in need of 3D printing work, including rapid prototyping of new products.

"3D printers are only equipment, but equipment doesn't do much if you don't know how to use it," said Farzad Rayegani, associate dean of mechanical engineering and technology.

"We are training our students for five years from now, because five years from now you will have 3D printing everywhere — but you don't have enough knowledge yet."