Few scientific 3D-printable models are available online, and the expertise required to generate and validate such models remains a barrier. The NIH 3D Print Exchange eliminates this gap with an open, comprehensive, and interactive website… for searching, browsing, downloading, and sharing biomedical 3D print files, modeling tutorials, and educational material.
The NIH 3D Print Exchange is an online, community-driven portal where researchers and educators can download biomedical structure files that can be printed on a desktop 3D printer or through a 3D printing service provider. The site features novel online tools that allow users to convert their own digital 3D models into ready-to-print 3D file formats, eliminating the knowledge gap to allow users of all levels to create high-quality, scientifically accurate 3D prints. Users will also find tutorials on using 3D modeling software, and educational supplements to use 3D prints as hands-on teaching aids. Following Ignite, this team received $75,000 of funding and dedicated time and resources to continuing their effort.
The NIH 3D Print Exchange is a collaborative effort led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the National Library of Medicine.