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Will EVOs materialize in future?

A 3-D printed model „landscape“ for illustrating the metastability concept. Depending on the location of release, kinetic energy and disturbances the spheres come to rest at troughs of different potential energy or perhaps even on a saddle (labile position).

A 3-D printed model „landscape“ for illustrating the metastability concept. Depending on the location of release, kinetic energy and disturbances the spheres come to rest at troughs of different potential energy or perhaps even on a saddle (labile position).

2013 is the year 3D printing pentrates everyone’s mind. New 3D printers and fields of application pop up every week. Thus, the question arises whether EVOs will remain virtual for teaching or wether some of them will turn into physical objects eventually.

An answer to this question should consider two main criteria: In which cases do physical rather than virtual EVOs have a didactical advantage and provide easier access to understanding a concept, and are the efforts for 3D printing an EVO justified (if at all possible)?

It’s probably too early to tell, but the options are on the table and the options will likely proliferate in future …