3D modeling human anatomy!

Creating scientifically or medically accurate 3D models can take hours, even for someone who is familiar with 3D modeling.

To favor new ways of visualizing scientific and medical data and concept and to enhance discovery and e-learning the National Institute of Health has recently launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download and edit 3D print files related to health and science. NIH uses 3D printing to study viruses, repair and enhance lab apparatus as well as to help plan medical procedures.

3D printing as a potential game changer for medical research.

The 3D print exchanges makes these types of files freely available, along with video tutorials for new users and a discussion forum to promote HEADER-520x245collaboration.he site also features tools that convert scientific and clinical data into ready-to-print 3D files. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and model of bacteria and human anatomy.

“3D printing is a potential game-changer for medical research” – said NIH Director Francis S.Collins M.D, Ph.D.

“At NIH we have seen an incredible return of investment; pennies’ worth of plastic have helped investigators address important scientific questions while saving time and money.  We hope that 3D print exchange will expand interest and participation in this new exciting field among scientists, educators and students”.

 

The most challenging 3D modeling crowdsourcing.

The NIH Print Exchange was created in the spirit of open science and open data: so it is officially one of the most challenging crowdsourcing efforts in the whole web.

So users can contribute actively uploading 3D models within the database of bioscientific 3D-printable files.

They are also encouraged to ask questions, contribute tips and tricks on 3D modeling and share ideas for using bioscientific prints as hands-on learning tools.

The National Institute of Health.

NIH the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 institutes and Centers and is a component of the US Department of Health and human services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases.