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. REMARKS: The five major objectives designated in a prior section will be measured using a variety of indicators including post project surveys and interviews to determine the efficacy of the project as well as to discern the perceptions of participants relative to project benefits. Consistent with the project goal/objectives, surveys will include but not be limited to the following items: * Demographic Information i.e., current status, college, etc. * Efficacy of Training Workshops * Knowledge base prior to training workshops * Frequency of 3D Scanner Use * Application/Implementation Uses * Sustainability of Use * Tracking of users' presentations, etc. Interview sessions will gather data on the strengths and challenges of the project as well as recommendations for improvement as part of the formative evaluation process. Ultimately, data gathered will support to what extent the project has met its objectives as well as next steps to institutionalize the project.

Project Details

Organization Name

Nova Southeastern University - Health Professions Division Library

Organization Type
Academic institution
Health sciences library
Project Lead


Start Date
January 1, 2017
End Date
April 30, 2017
Funding Amount
Educator, College & Post-grad
General Public
Health care Provider
Library or Information Professional
Public Health Professional