Pi Day at the Library!

Flyer for Pi Day

The UCSF Library’s Data Science Initiative and the Makers Lab partnered to celebrate Pi Day on March 14 with the UCSF community. The 90-minute event showcased how the Python programming language and the Raspberry Pi computer can be used to collect and visualize data for UCSF research. Over 20 people from all across UCSF gathered in the Makers Lab and got right to work collecting temperature data. We used the Raspberry Pi’s internal temperature sensor … Read more

UCSF Commits to Make All Journals Freely Accessible

happy group

San Francisco, CA – Today faculty, administration, and library leaders from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) took a major step towards the goal of making all scholarly literature freely available to everyone by endorsing an international open access (OA) initiative called OA2020. By signing onto an Expression of Interest (EoI), UCSF will help lead the way for other US institutions. UC Berkeley and UC Davis also announced their support for OA2020 today. Open access enables scholarly … Read more

Combining traditional arts and crafts with 3D Printing

3D printed costume elements

Every year we see a plethora of creativity from people all around us during Halloween.  Here are a couple examples where good old fashion arts and crafts meets 3D printing this season.  Ysabel Ilagan used these 3D printed dinosaur teeth for the necklace of her Princess Mononoke costume. You can also see the 3D printed spear head and the 3D printed spirits of the forest in the photo. A 3D printed glow-in-the-dark spider is giving this hand carved … Read more

3d Printed Microscope


Dr. Emilio Ramos, a Resident Physician at UCSF visited the Makers Lab yesterday for his first 3d print using the Taz 5. Dr. Ramos printed a microscope that can be used with a mobile phone and a small glass bead. He printed a few different sizes that can be used for different levels of magnification. The 3d prints only took 20 minutes at a High-Quality resolution and was ready to use right away. Dr. Ramos … Read more

3D Printed Thermotaxis Platform

3D Printed Thermotaxis Platform

Kirby Leo, summer volunteer in Dr. Noelle L’Etoile’s research lab in the Dept. of Cell & Tissue Biology, 3D printed a Thermotaxis Platform she had designed using Blender. <figure> <img width=”403″ height=”537″ src=”https://www.library.ucsf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Kirby_Leo.jpg” alt=”” /> <figcaption>“This platform will be used for a temperature adaptation assay. We will observe how C. Elegans change their temperature preference when exposed to extracellular vesicles” – Kirby.</figcaption> </figure>

We’re excited….

some makers tools

To all you Makers out there. We had our final planning meeting before we open the UCSF Library Makers Lab at 2 PM on April 4, 2016. We are nervous about all we do not know, and excited about all we will learn with you as we work with you in the “lab”. So bring your creativity and sense of exploration and play and we will see you there! This blog page will be a place where … Read more

Printing Prosthetic Hands to Support a Worthy Cause

Prosthetic Hand

Ever since 3D printers were made available in the Library, I’ve wanted to join eNABLE, a volunteer organization, and help support their efforts to make prosthetic hands for those in need.   I completed my first 3D-printed hand a few weeks ago, and I’m happy to be able to share that it passed inspection, and I have been added to the list of eNABLE hand makers. I am really looking forward to working with the matching team to … Read more

Prototyping for Ophthalmology Research

test tube container

Have you ever wished that you had the perfect tool for your research needs? Well, you are not alone. Now you can create your own lab accessories right here in our library, and that is exactly what Jill Mankoff did. Jill, a high school student from Nueva School and a volunteer summer intern in Dr. Jay Stewart’s Lab, designed a test tube container using AutoFusion360 and 3D printed it in the Makers Lab today. It will be used to … Read more

MakersLab opening week was a success. Hail the return of the Taz!

Taz 3D printer

We completed our first official week of  being open without problems. No fires or explosions (kidding)! Several members of the UCSF community, excited and interested in the possibilities, stopped by to see what was going on.  We are open from 2-6 PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday and want YOU to stop by and see what we have and what we hope the Makers Lab will be. There is a UCSF Library staff person on duty while the lab is … Read more