Call For Presentations

Construct3D 2018 is a national conference on 3D printing and digital fabrication for college faculty, K12 educators, and informal education leaders. Join us as we explore ways to foster student engagement, support research, and improve understanding using 21st century technology.
We seek submissions of talks, papers, workshops, and panel discussions that focus on topics related to how digital fabrication impacts learning and teaching. We welcome submissions from educators, practitioners, technologists, designers, and academics. Key areas of interest include:

  • Experiences using with 3D printing and digital fabrication in K12, higher education, or informal contexts.
  • Original research on the general theme of using digital fabrication to enhance education.
  • New methods for 3D printing and digital fabrication that have been tested in educational contexts or used to support academic research.
  • Theoretical or educational concerns relating to 3D printing and digital fabrication.
  • Innovative ideas in research and education regarding 3D printing and digital fabrication.
  • Innovative ideas in research and education enhanced through the use of 3D printing and digital fabrication.

Descriptions of Presentations

Every submission must include:

  • Title and abstract
  • Short bios and contact information for presenters (and co-presenters)
  • Clear justification for the relevance of your submission to the conference.
  • Technology/space/material/logistics needs


  • Deliver a 30-minute presentation.
  • Submissions should include a description of the educational experience offered by the session, the significance of the topic, and thoughts about how the content of the session can be applied in academic and research contexts. Unlike “academic” paper talks, these presentations are structured reports of best practices and interesting experiences in the field.
  • Please list any presentation requirements you have.
  • Submission Abstract limit: 200 words. 

Ignite Talk/Pecha Kucha Presentation

  • Show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, where images advance automatically as you talk.
  • This is a lively presentation that will be part of a social gathering.
  • Submissions should include a description of topic and how it connects digital fabrication to teaching or learning.
  • Submission Abstract limit: 200 words.  


  • Workshop leader(s) guide a 90-minute interactive workshop that offers an opportunity for the participants to explore a topic in-depth.
  • Submission Abstract limit: 200 words. 


  • Selected poster session participants are given the opportunity to deliver short demonstrations on their selected research areas to conference attendees as they circulate from poster to poster in the demonstration area. Posters are intended for anyone (teachers, students, practitioners, technologists, designers, and academics, etc.) working within the digital fabrication field who wish to share and discuss their ideas, insights and findings with others.
  • Submission Abstract limit: 200 words.


  • This track is intended for those conducting research, and is an opportunity to present current and future projects that connect 3D printing and digital fabrication to educational outcomes or academic pursuits. Authors should demonstrate original research results and works-in-progress that show the latest innovative ideas, cite relevant published work, indicate novel approaches, and demonstrate how work ties in with the conference mission.
  • Abstract is limited to 200 words, but a typical paper is around 6 pages in length.
  • Pending approval of the abstract, candidates will be invited to submit their final papers for peer-review. If paper is accepted, authors will be given 30 minutes to present their work and a forum to share the paper publicly.

Important dates for paper submissions

Date Action
May 4 Deadline for early submissions of paper abstracts
June 14 Deadline for submitting abstracts
July 20 Deadline for submitting a full draft of your paper to the committee
August 17 Deadline for submitting a full draft of your paper to the committee
August 20 Each paper submitter will receive two other papers to peer review over the next two weeks
Aug 31 Deadline for submitting your reviews and edits of the two papers back to the committee
Sept 3 Expect to get compiled reviews and edits about your own paper from the committee
Sept 17 Deadline for submitting final drafts of papers
Sept 24 Final acceptances sent out, papers sent for publication

First drafts of papers are due on July 20th. Please write your draft in Google Docs using this template format. We will use Google Docs to share comments and feedback during the peer review and revisions phase.

If your paper is accepted, then you will both give a talk at Construct3D and have your paper appear in the official Construct3D Proceedings.

When your paper draft is ready, please send an email to, together with a Google Doc link to your paper that allows editing.


  • A 60-minute long panel presentation, interview, or discussion with at least 3 participants.
  • You are responsible for recruiting who will join you on the panel, and you must include their bios and contact information as session co-presenters.
  • In the submission, please speak to the relevance of the topic to the conference attendees, and describe how each of the speakers contributes perspective, diversity, and scholarship. We strive for full inclusion and favor sessions that offer a range of diversity (ethnicity, gender, age, viewpoint, geography, etc).
  • Submission Abstract limit: 200 words.

Important dates for non-paper submissions

Date Action
March 16 Early bird submission deadline
April 10 First Round notifications sent
May 4 Revisions for first round resubmission deadline
June 14 Regular submission ends
July 30 Regular decision submissions notifications sent
Sept 28 Copies of presentations due

Speaker Information

Conducting Your Presentations:

  • Arrive at your room 10 minutes prior to your presentation.
  • The conference is scheduled in 40 minute blocks with 5 minutes of travel time between sessions. 
  • Speakers may present in a format of their choice and use their time as they believe will make the best outcome.   Though conference staff do recommend and encourage interactivity and a short time for Q&A.
  • Rooms are equipped with displays but computers are not supplied, please bring your laptop with you.

Photography & Social Media:

  • There will be an event photographer present at times and our audience is technologically adept.  Note that photographs of you presenting may be taken and posted to social media or conference related materials.

Rules of Presentation Conduct:

  • The academic dignity of the conference is to be preserved at all times.
  • Presentations are for the advancement of the educational community and are a place to learn.  Presenters representing companies must take special care not to engage in sales behavior when choosing their wording.  This conference does have an exhibition area and we insist that type of activity take place there.
    • No presenter may make a disparaging comment about another company or institution.
    • You must not use a “call to action” in the course of speaking.  For example, language such as “to buy our product, check out our website” is prohibited while “for more information, go to our site” is acceptable.
    • You must be clear that you work for a corporation.  A simple introduction of “I am John Smith with 3Dwidgetmager” is acceptable.
    • You may speak positively about own processes, but not negatively about another company, product or process.
    • Be objective.  Do not use hyberbolic statements such as “best” or “better”.  Statements such as “this process is the best” are not acceptable while phrasing on the order of “in this circumstance, this methodology has demonstrated very good results” are preferred.
    • You may use your own examples or product to demonstrate your point.
    • You may not endorse a product.  Avoid phrasing like “recommend” or “we suggest using”.   Statements such as “Faber College recommends WidgetCNC machines” are prohibited while statements such as “At Faber College we have chosen to use WidgetCNC machines in our labs” is acceptable.
    • Your presentation must be aligned with the educational mission the conference.
    • If there are safety precautions involved with using your product or process, you must disclose those.