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