Enabling the future of 3-D printed prosthetic limbs

If you stepped foot into the Innovation Co-Lab this summer, you would have most likely seen the familiar faces of Emily Shannon, Joel Tewksbury and Gabriel Antoniak, working tirelessly on a two-year project of a lifetime. The three BME seniors represent the Duke chapter of eNABLE, an international community that shares open-source files and designs for 3-D printed prosthetics. Their project? A 3-D printed arm for a growing Haitian boy named Chris. (More…)

PSA for Advanced 3D Printing Users

Do your friends ask you to teach them how to 3D print?

Do you roll your eyes when people forget to check live view?

Do you know how to scrape support off like a boss?

Well, you are in luck because newly minted privileges are now available for advanced 3D printing users at the Innovation Co-Lab!


Duke DesignHub: A little bit about us!

Quite often, interdisciplinary demands within Duke’s research, teaching staff and student startup community spark a need for a custom made part. The problem is, you don’t know how to make it..

That’s where Duke DesignHub comes in! A pilot project launched by the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Innovation Co-Lab’s DesignHub aims to transform virtual ideas into deliverable objects. Amidst rapid prototyping resources, we seek to connect talented and capable student designers, creators and engineers with those in need of custom design services.


A nifty new addition to the Duke University Hospital

The syringe holder in action!

In pediatric operating rooms, the immediate access to syringed medications is crucial to any anesthesia team. The first few seconds spend finding a medication can delay necessary administration and grabbing the wrong syringe is an even bigger problem!

In the pediatric ORs at Duke University Hospital, the faculty of pediatric anesthesia came to a consensus on which medications should be pre-prepared and where they should be located: specifically, the two intramuscular medications on the anesthesia machine table and the intravenous medication on top of the machine cart.


A protein with an amino acid sequence 81% identical and 93% similar to vertebrates? – Yet we don’t look like fruit flies!

The mounted slide

At the Kiehart Lab in Duke’s Department of Biology, Dr. Janice Crawford is researching the phenomena of morphogenesis – the biological process that causes cells or tissues to attain their characteristic shape, a process fundamental for development and wound healing.  Both genetic and biophysical approaches are used to investigate the production and regulation of tissue level forces in a simple model system, the Drosophila melanogaster, aka the fruit fly!


An air quality affair

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a group of chemicals that are the result of consumer products, building materials, human metabolism and activities, outdoor air pollution and more. Many VOCs are classified as known or possible carcinogens, irritants and toxicants, with VOC exposure being associated with the onset of some serious health threats. Short-term exposure to VOCs can result in eye and respiratory tract irritation, visual disorders, allergic skin reactions and other health effects, while prolonged exposure to VOCs can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.

Design in Fusion 360

At the Deshusses Lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, postdoctoral associate, Luis Lopez develops and evaluates microbioreactors for the intensification of treatment of indoor air contaminated with VOCs. Lopez approached the Co-Lab in hopes to reproduce a section of a glass capillary microbioreactor, specifically a scaffold to hold the glass capillaries inside the microbioreactor case.


A weaponed submarine disappears without a trace of evidence. What a sea-rious mystery!

At the Duke University Injury Biomechanics Lab, Rachel Lance is researching the Civil War submarine, H.L. Hunley, which was the first ever submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat. However, after the Hunley detonated its 135 lb. black powder charge and sank the USS Housatonic, it mysteriously disappeared until 136 years later, when it was discovered and raised in 2000.


Learn to 3D Print at Duke with a Online Mini-Course

Duke is now offering a free online mini-course to Duke students, faculty and staff to teach the basics of 3D printing. The course is taught by OIT’s own Chip Bobbert, IT analyst and digital media and emerging technologies engineer. Chip brings his years of experience with 3D printing to teach basic 3D printing technology, use, troubleshooting and maintenance. At the end of the course, users have the opportunity to take a short quiz and receive a certificate that grants access to the printers. Classes start May 16th, 2016 and will be available on an ongoing basis. Register for the mini-course here: Learn to 3D Print at Duke Mini-Course

3D Printing Course Maintenance


New Innovation Co-Lab location now open!


The Innovation Co-Lab Studio now has a permanent home for 3D printing in the new Technology Engagement Center, located on the first floor of the Telecom Building on Duke’s West Campus. Make sure to stop by for the grand opening on Wednesday, October 5th at 4pm. On display will be examples of 3D prints created by students and staff, and live demonstrations of 3D printing will be ongoing. Map