3D Printing at the NIH Library

About the Library

The NIH Library is an open stacks biomedical research library whose collection and services are developed to support the programs of the National Institutes of Health and selected U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies.

The NIH Library Technology Sandbox (or the "Sandbox") is designed to highlight technology-based projects at the NIH, inspire curiosity and exploration in emerging technologies, and facilitate the development of meaningful partnerships between the NIH Library staff and its customers. The Sandbox is divided into a Collaboration Zone, an Information Zone, and a Storefront Zone. It is open to NIH/HHS staff with a valid ID

3D Modeling, Printing, and Scanning

NIH and HHS staff have self-service access to two fused-deposition modeling 3D printers: a 3D Makerbot Replicator 2, and an Airwolf 3D HD2X. A 3D Sense scanner is also available. All users are required to attend a 30-minute orientation prior to use. Orientations are held weekly in the library's training room with registration available through CIT. All printed and scanned models must be applicable to NIH/HHS work or research.

In addition to the printer and scanner, the library offers several software programs in support of 3D modeling. Visit the Sandbox homepage to see the full list of available software. The software is available on the pod computers located in the Collaboration Zone. To reserve a resource, use the online booking form or call the Information Desk at 301.496.1080. For additional information, please visit the library's Information Desk, or email NIHLSandbox@nih.gov.

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