HHSignite (beta): The NIH 3D Printing Exchange: A virtual collection of biomedical 3D printing files & tutorials
Submitted by staff from: NIH (NLM + NIAID+ NICHD)
- Darrell Hurt, NIH/NIAID
- Nick Weber, NIH/NIAID
- Meghan Coakley, NIH/NIAID
- Jeremy Swan, NIH/NICHD
- Erin Fincher, NIH/NICHD
- Terry Yoo, NIH/NLM
- David Chen, NIH/NLM
Project Lead’s Approving Supervisor:
Yentram Huyen, Chief, Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch, Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology, NIAID
Create an authoritative, scalable database of 3D printing files for biologic structures and custom lab equipment.
3D printing technology is widely used in industry to build prototypes, but only recently has it become mainstream. There are a number of online resources for 3D prints, but there is a paucity of scientific models, and the expertise required to generate and validate such models remains a barrier.
The team proposes to fill this gap by creating an online portal where researchers and educators can download biomedical structure files that can be printed on a desktop 3D printer or via a 3D printing service provider. The proposal identifies three target demographics: (1) primary and secondary school educators; (2) scientific researchers; and (3) speakers looking for new ways to engage an audience.
HHSignite (beta) support is necessary to realize the full potential of this project: a comprehensive, open-source, accessible, and interactive website for searching and browsing biomedical 3D prints.