The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL) at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recognizes the significant impact of the Maker Movement and 3D printing technology on both health sciences research and beyond. The Maker Movement and 3D printing technology catalyze innovation and promote entrepreneurship by emphasizing ‘making’ over ‘consuming’ and facilitating experiential learning and rapid prototyping.
The Innovation Space* at the HSHSL can help the UMB students, researchers, and faculty achieve many things.
Below are some examples of what is currently taking place in the Maker Movement and 3D printing technology in the realm of health sciences.
Research and Education
The HSHSL Makerspace will also plan and hold a variety of workshops and events to spread the knowledge of 3D modeling/printing technology more widely on the campus. This will promote active collaboration, experimentation, innovation, and entrepreneurial pursuits among students, researchers, and faculty across different disciplines and academic units. The HSHSL is actively investigating a few potential funding sources.
*‘Makerspace’ refers to a community-operated workspace where people with common interests in computers, machining, technology, science, and art meet, socialize, and collaborate on ‘making’ activities. The goal of a makerspace is to foster and facilitate people’s creativity and innovation. To achieve this goal, makerspaces offer (i) tools and equipment that are not readily available at home such as 3D printers and laser cutters, (ii) organize events and workshops, and (iii) provide a collaborative space where people can learn by hands-on activities and experiment. 3D printing is the most prominently featured technology at makerspaces because of its ability to quickly create a physical model at an affordable cost.
Modernization projects such as the Innovation Space initiative are made possible by the generosity of donors through the UMB Foundation. If you would like to support projects such as these please visit https://umaryland.givecorps.com/causes/714-hshl or contact us at (410) 706-7545.