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Celebrate the National Week of Making

The National Week of Making is an opportunity to celebrate the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of “makers”—the diverse community of independent designers and inventors who make their own unique products using a variety of technologies. From June 16–22, join us in celebrating the National Week of Making with events and classes held at the NIH Library that will feature makers at NIH.

Stop by the NIH Library to see examples of how researchers have utilized maker technologies to create cost-saving solutions that improve research capabilities, laboratory efficiency, and experimental reproducibility. The display will feature a variety of 3D prints and custom labware made by NIH intramural researchers and staff. Come and be inspired by how the NIH community is using 3D-printed lab instrumentation to transform research, and how 3D-printed molecular and anatomical models facilitate hands-on discovery and communication.

The National Week of Making activities will also feature free training classes related to 3D modeling software and 3D printing, as well as Virtual Reality (VR) demonstrations (see below for details). These events, held in the NIH Library, are open to NIH and HHS. Registration is required for the classes. For questions about National Week of Making events, contact Verma Walker verma.walker@nih.gov(link sends e-mail). Additional resources and information about custom labware and the Maker Movement can be found online at the NIH 3D Print Exchange, or by contacting 3Dprint@nih.gov(link sends e-mail).

National Week of Making Events and Classes

June 16­–22  |  NIH Library Technology Hub
On display all week, featuring a collection of NIH 3D printed models, tools, and labware

Essentials of Printing 3D Custom Labware  REGISTER
June 19, 10–11 a.m.  |  NIH Library Training Room
Instructor: Gregory Marquart, NICHD

3D Modeling Molecular Structures for Printing  REGISTER
June 19, 1–3 p.m.  |  NIH Library Training Room
Instructors: James Tyrwhitt-Drake and Phil Cruz, NIAID

How to Use the NIH Library’s 3D Printer  REGISTER
June 20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.  |  NIH Library Training Room
Instructor: Verma Walker, NIH Library

Converting Medical Imaging to 3D Models with 3D Slicer and ZBrush  REGISTER
June 21, 10–11 a.m.  |  NIH Library Training Room
Instructor: Kristen Browne, National Library of Medicine

Virtual Reality Sandbox: Making in VR  REGISTER
June 22, 1–2:30 p.m.  |  NIH Library Media Room
Instructor: Chris Fortney, NIH Library

The NIH Week of Making is a collaborative effort organized by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer, the NIH Library, and the NIAID Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology.