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3D Printing & Learning

Learn more about 3D printing in the medical library!

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This 3D Printing resource guide is intended to supplement the 3D printing service offered through The Nexus, the collaborative learning lab at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. Here you will find our policies and procedures, our print request form, 3D modeling resources, and further information about 3D printing in medicine.

If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more, please email the library's Tech Team at rlmltech@iu.edu.

How much does 3D printing at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library cost?

Due to a significant increase in demand, the Ruth Lilly Medical Library has begun charging for 3D print requests as of September 6th 2022. From this point on 3D prints can either be purchased from the Ruth Lilly Medical Library or free 3D prints can be printed with supervision through our Makerspace (IB202) either in person or via Zoom. All proceeds from paid 3D print requests goes back to the 3D print service and Makerspace to purchase materials and maintain equipment.

3D prints will be charged by model. The requester will never be charged until charges have been approved and the 3D print has been received by the requester.

Object Details Price
Skull Roughly 7 inches front to back $35.00
Pelvis Roughly 8 inches in width $15.00
Brain Roughly 5 inches in length $15.00
Heart* Dual color (white/red) $25.00
Spine Human sized - Comes in 5 interlocking pieces that will need to be glued together $75.00
Larynx   $5.00
XX-Small Print Any file - 1"x1" cube or smaller - Quarter size $5.00
X-Small Print Any file - 2"x2" cube or smaller - Lemon sized $10.00
Small Print Any file - 3"x3" cube or smaller - Soup can diameter $15.00
Medium Print Any file - 4"x4" cube or smaller - Toilet paper roll height $25.00
Large Print Any file - 5"x5" cube or smaller - Soda can height $50.00
X-Large Print Any file - 6"x6" cube or smaller - Dollar bill length $75.00
XX-Large Print Any file - Between 6"x6" and 9"x9" $100.00
XXX- Large Print Any file - 9"x9" or larger - Dinner plate diameter $150.00

*Requires dual extrusion

Some models require dual extrusion to print, this includes models with two colors or that require PVA (dissolvable) support structure. These models will not be able to be printed for free as the Makerspace 3D printer does not have dual extrusion capabilities. If this is the case, the requester will be alerted to that fact via email prior to an in-person or Zoom consultation.

What's been printing?

Dual-colored Heart - red and white PLA

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2299597

Brain - clear resin

https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-brain-72477

Skull - pearl white PLA

Jaw - white resin

Thoracic Spine

Skull of Phineas Gage

Larynx

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2530935

Scaffold designs

Dual color 3D print of Upper Thoracic Spine

Dual color 3D print of upper portion of thoracic spine in Pearl White and White PLA

3D Print of a heart in clear resin

3D print of a heart in clear resin

3D printed full spine

3D printed full spine in Pearl White PLA

https://skfb.ly/6SAq9

3D printed skull with removable top

3D printed skull with removable top printed in Pearl White PLA

https://skfb.ly/6SAqt

3D printed skull without top

3D printed skull without top in Pearl White PLA

https://skfb.ly/6SAqt

Inside of 3D printed skull without top

Inside of 3D printed skull without top in Pearl White PLA

https://skfb.ly/6SAqt

The front view of an endotracheal intubation model

Front view of Endotracheal Intubation model 3D print

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6477567/

The side view of an endotracheal intubation model

Side view of an Endotracheal Intubation model 3D print

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6477567/

Pipette tip sorting device Elster

Pipette tip sorting device

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4256563

Multi-color heart in red and white

Multi-color heart in red and white PLA

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3861544