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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

Prosthetic Hand Assembly Pop-up

Prosthetic Hand pop-up

It was really encouraging to see such a great turn out at today’s Prosthetic Hand Assembly Pop-up.  The attendees includes residents, staff, students and even certified prosthetists.  With so many enthusiastic participants, we look forward to establishing an eNABLE Local Chapter here on campus soon!

Staff Development Opportunity

button making

The staff from the Orthopedics Surgery Department came to visit the Makers Lab yesterday.  They were so inspired by what they had learned about 3D printing technology and DIY programmable electronics that they are planning to incorporate their ideas into their Staff Development Program. “Inspiring New Technology Right at Our Fingertips” — Toni Grimes.

Jewelry Making Pop-up

jewelry making

Everyone who attended the Jewelry Pop-up on Aug. 30th had a great time! Although none of the attendees had any previous jewelry making experience, they went home with earrings of their own design and colorful 3D printed bracelets.  Come to the Makers Lab!  You too can create jewelry for yourself and your friends.

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=”” 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

We’re changing hours beginning on April 25, 2016

circuit board

In our “always on” attempts to engage makers, and would-be makers of the UCSF community we are changing our hours! Our current hours of 2-6 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday will become 12-4 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday. NEW HOURS: Monday Wednesday Friday 12-4 PM See you there!

Creating a 3D Printed sign for the Makers Lab

new sign for MakersLab

We wanted to create our own sign for the Makers Lab rather than have it commercially made. The newly installed sign (pictured) was  printed entirely in the lab using our 3D printers. It was based on our logo, designed by Kemi Amin, and I used SketchUp (CAD software) to create the 3D model for printing.

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

You can customize your events swag!

Kristian Ongoco

Are you organizing an upcoming event?  Want to identify your team or make promo items for attendees? Try our button maker! Kristian Ongoco from Community Relations made buttons for this weekend’s AIDS Walk. “The hole punch makes it easy to cut out the graphics.” – Kristian

Specialty 3D Printing Filaments


Your 3D printed objects do not have to be limited to using ABS (LEGO plastic) or PLA (corn starch based) filaments. We also have specialty filaments available in bronze, stainless steel, magnetic, conductive, wood, bamboo, laybrick (stone), t-glase (moderate reflectivity) and PCTPE (flexible).  Pictured here is a stylus printed from conductive filament and it actually works!  So why not experiment with a different type of filaments for your next 3D print job.

Let the Button Maker help get your message out.

button making

Today in the Makers Lab, the San Francisco Health Investigators, a group of high school interns led by Dr. Ben Koo and Dr. Jenna Bernard from the Science & Health Education Partnership, proto-typed buttons for their health messaging campaign. The students designed buttons on topics such as Zika Virus, the importance of immunization, and birth defects prevention to raise awareness about current health issues in their communities. They had blast!

UCSF Makers Lab Visits Noisebridge

The Noisebridge lab

UCSF Library makers went on a field trip to the Noisebridge makerspace last week, and to say we had a good time is an understatement! What is Noisebridge? It is a community hackerspace/makerspace in San Francisco’s Mission District and is an educational non-profit. When you first walk in to Noisebridge, it may look a little different than the UCSF Makers Lab, but there are also many similarities. I personally found the open working spaces and … Read more

The New Way to Reserve Equipment

equipment to borrow

At long last, our equipment reservation calendar is online and available to users. The days of emailing or calling Tech Commons staff to check on equipment availability are over (we know, we’ll miss it too)! With just a few clicks, you can view an online calendar, and then reserve equipment for pick up in our CL240 lab. Our reservation policies remain the same, though you will no longer be required to sign a paper form … Read more

Our First Book Binding Pop-up

book binding

What can be more apropos than a book binding pop-up in our Library.  Registration was filled to capacity shortly after we announced the date. We saw many beautiful book cover designs today and it never seizes to amaze us how much creativity and enthusiasm our participants bring to the Makers Lab.