3D Printing for Medical and Healthcare Education


Full color 3D printed anatomical hearts by Stratasys. Photo by Michael Petch

Full color 3D printed anatomical hearts by Stratasys. Photo by Michael Petch

The Center for Innovative Learning Innovation Lab is a shared learning and collaborative environment for the next generation of health care educators to explore the classroom application of technology enhanced learning using 3D printing, medical and educational video games & apps and Augmented/Virtual/Mediated Reality (VR/MR/AR).

The CIL Innovation lab houses a Dremmel 5th Generation 3D Printer

The use of 3D printed anatomical replicas for medical education and training is steadily increasing, driven by a desire to find alternatives to expensive, hard-to-get cadavers; animal models that don’t include pathology; or mannequins that don’t represent the full range of clinical complexity.

The CIL Innovation Lab offers a Dremel 5th Generation 3D Printer. Below are images of the printer in the Innovation Lab. The printer and design computer are available by reservation only. 

What do I have to do to use the 3D printer?

  1. Sign up to access and complete the CIL Innovation Lab 3D Printing module by emailing cil@unthsc.edu
  2. Reserve time on the printer and design computer by emailing cil@unthsc.edu.
  3. Come to the lab and design your file using TinkerCAD, Fusion360, Morphi or another CAD software. Save the files as STL file type.
  4. Import it to the slicing software in the Innovation Lab, Dremel DigiLab3D slicer. Save the file on a USB drive file as gcode or g3drem.
  5. Insert the USB drive into the printer and build the file.
  6. Get to printing!
  7. Pay $1.50 for each 1/2 hour reserved on the printer for filament cost. Alternatively, provide your own filament. The filament can be purchased from Amazon, and must be compatible.


Questions? Please email cil@unthsc.edu