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Numerous projects and prototypes underway in Technology Sandbox

The Technology Sandbox in Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons allows faculty, staff and students at Penn State College of Medicine to experiment with technology such as 3D printing, 3D modeling, virtual reality and video production and editing. Library staff are available to help users learn how to use the technology as well as assist with projects. Several such projects have been completed recently.

Nursing educators have used the library’s resources for a variety of projects, including printing a training device for tibial intraosseous access. See the details of the device and its 3D printed parts here. The nursing educators found out about the printable device after talking with staff from the Clinical Simulation Center, who have also printed several copies.

The Clinical Simulation Center and Technology Sandbox staff have also started working on multiple projects, including designing a model of an umbilical cord to be used for simulation and training, as well as 3D-printed ribs. The umbilical cord model is to be created using the library’s silicone and paste 3D printer, the Discov3ry from Structur3D Printing, and by using 3D printed molds for pouring silicone. The project is still under development.

Many other projects are designed and created each day in the Technology Sandbox, and Harrell Library staff are always excited to help brainstorm and develop prototypes as well as provide training on any of the technology required. From helping to design plastic containers with very specific dimensions, to printing 3D anatomical models to be used for education, to consulting on the uses for virtual reality for education and patient care, the library staff are always eager to help.

For details on the resources and technology available to College of Medicine faculty, staff and students, contact the library’s Michael Cote at or 717-531-8759.

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