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Medical Library Project 76

Scanning for Science: Increasing Access to the Future of Medicine: The Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division Library plays a central role in supporting education and research, and works to provide access to new technologies for students and faculty.The NSU HPD Library supports seven colleges, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Health Care Sciences, Nursing, and Medical Sciences, so the library is an ideal space for collaboration. The library currently provides 3D printing and hopes to expand this service with free 3D scanning. The library currently runs two 3D printers. The location of the printers allows access for students and faculty from all disciplines. Informal conversations with students and faculty indicate an interest and demand for a high quality scanner. The university's students will see these technologies in practice after they graduate, so we offer them the opportunity to use them now. The NSU College of Pharmacy's research lab studies the regulation of the cardiovascular system via angiotensin functions in rodent brain and other organs. Previous student research has shown the utility and cost effectiveness of using a 3D printed brain mold designed with CAD software, to retain the organ's structural integrity. The Frozen Brain Mold can be viewed at This was a very time consuming process. For this demonstration project an image of 3D scanned kidneys will be used to design a 3D printed customized mold for research, storage, and transportation. Using a 3D scanner will let us quickly create more accurate customized kidney mold units for pharmacological research, which will then be shared through the NIH 3D Print Exchange. Adding a free scanning service to the library and sharing on the NIH 3D Print Exchange will add to pharmacological research, serve as an example for other future projects and enhance health care education, and consumer health education.

Nova Southeastern University
Health Professions Division Library
Organization Type:
Academic Institution
Health Sciences Library
Funded Dates: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017
Funding Amount: 
Health Professionals - Dentists
Librarians - Health Science
Health Professionals - Nurses
Health Professionals - Pharmacists
Health Professionals - Physicians
Consumers - Patients & Families
Health Professionals - All Types
Not Applicable