A peek into the POD

50 aspiring first year engineers, 10 distinctive design projects, 3 brand new Ultimakers and a Blue Express-turned-creativity-warehouse are what comprise the pilot semester of the Freshman Design POD experience. Co-instructed by Ann Saterbak and Sophia Santillan, the course features semester long design projects meant to promote the process of rapid prototyping and design, individual and group based problem solving and the “engineering without a book” mentality.


Last but not yeast, a fixture designed to help study cryptococcal disease

At the Magwene Lab in Duke University’s Genetics and Genomics Department, PhD candidate Cullen Roth is studying Cryptococcus neoformans, a pathogenic fungus estimated to effect almost a quarter of a million people, leading to approximately 180,000 mortalities to cryptococcal disease annually. One of C. neoformans’ key traits is its ability to grow and spread at high temperatures, such as human body temperatures, so with that in purpose, the Magwene lab aims to study why some strains of the pathogenic fungi grow well in high temperature and thus are infectious, while others don’t. (More…)

An ultrasonic upgrade

Ultrasound imaging is arguably the safest, easiest and most inexpensive way to diagnose causes of pain and infection, guide biopsies, assess damage after a heart attack and of course, to examine babies in pregnant woman! Traditionally with 2D ultrasound, slices of the body can be seen at high resolution, but without any context, sonographers can make mistakes. That’s where 3D ultrasound systems come in, however, at the cost of a completely new ultrasonic machine worth $250,000 along with a lower resolution image.


New Co-Lab Studio East in Lilly Library

Walk into Lilly Library, take a right into Room 115 and you’re looking at the new Co-Lab Studio on East Campus! Previously occupied as a Multimedia Project Studio lab, the space now encapsulates 15 Ultimaker 2’s, 5 MPS hybrid machines, 2 work benches and a stocked tool chest – the essentials for any 3-D printing enthusiast, both novice and advanced.


Solar panel solutions

In 2016 there were 31,000 solar panels installed every hour across the globe. Solar panels, also called photovoltaic cells, convert sunlight directly into electricity and are a critical piece of a sustainable future.

However, when dust and atmospheric particulate matter deposit on the surface of the solar panels, there can be up to 30% energy loss in a matter of weeks. Currently, methods to measure the rates of deposition, sources, meteorological impacts and modeling parameters are large and expensive and the influence of dust deposition over global regions is not well understood.


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!