What is 3D Printing? A Remediation

Opening picture of the 3D printing remediation video
Opening picture of the 3D printing remediation video

My remediation was on James Bricknell's article on cnet.com titled "What is 3D printing?". There is a slight problem with my discourse community and this assignment on remediation, and that is that there is not a lot of traditional content, as home 3D printers were uncommon in the past. The only traditional content I found was printed setup manuals for the various printers. So I had to instead look at online articles, all of which included linking and were extensive. These articles went from providing tons of information about 3D printing to becoming giant buying guides for a new home hobbyist.

While Bricknell's article had some information about buying a 3D printer, it did not turn into a buying guide, though it did provide a few links to buying guides. The focus was on introducing 3D printing and types of printers for a complete newcomer to the community, which is what I wanted. The original article was also close to being able to be a print article since it included only a few photos if you ignored the links to other articles.

A picture of two types of 3D printers shown in the presentation
A picture taken from my video presentation

My plan for the remediation was to take the introduction provided by Bricknell and turn it into a video. I eliminated some excess information and focused on home hobbyists who were just getting started in the field. I determined the audience to be someone who had heard of 3D printing but had yet to come into contact with the details and machines behind it. The audience member could also be someone who had seen the products of a 3D printer and wanted to be able to print it themselves.

Using Canva to create the video, I wanted to provide my audience with a quick overview of what 3D printing is, two types of printers, and cost factors. The video allowed the audience to understand the information quicker and reduced unimportant information. I used Canva's closed caption selection to try to ensure the accessibility of my media. Unfortunately, I am not strong on using Canva and would need to continue to work with it as the closed caption setting appears not to have been implemented.

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3D Printing Remediation Video

My user engagement was initially lacking as the video only included linking at the end of the video to the sources I used and my website, as shown above. I did not have a call to action as my remediation focused on providing information. Initially, my user engagement was planned as embedding two videos in my video that would have demonstrated the two different 3D printers; however, when I tried, I failed to do that. Ultimately, I decided to write an article around my video that would include more user engagement by embedding the videos of the two different types of 3D printers. So that if users were interested, they could learn more.

This assignment gave a hands-on example of learning about remediation and how to expand your impact on the audience. Thanks to this assignment, I have a better understanding of how to utilize my website so it is engaging my audience instead of the original design I was planning.

Theresa Baraga

I am working toward a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing from MGA. Currently I am working as a tax accountant and am exploring 3D printing as a hobby.
Las Vegas, NV