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3D printing

Would you like to print a 3D object for research, education and study? It is possible at the University Library. In addition to the normal size 3D printer, the University Library also has a larger printer to create more bulky objects. Anyone with a good and feasible idea can submit a request for the creation of a 3D object.

Added value
The added value of the printed 3D objects lies mainly in making study material more accessible. You can now print fragile or huge objects in a manageable format. Innovation manager Sylvia Moes: "I can take this 3D printed clay nail with me in my bicycle bag to the place where I teach. Students are also allowed to hold this copy to study it well, which is not possible with the real object because it lies on a table on a cushion to be viewed from a distance'.

This spring the Makerspace will be opened in the NU building on the initiative of the University Library. Teachers and students will be able to experiment with the creation and use of new learning materials and teaching methods. For example 3D printing and Virtual Reality (VR). In order to gain experience, the 3D printer is already running at full speed.

Does printing 3D objects add value to your study, research or education? Register at the 'special interest group 3D printing' with Sylvia Moes (innovation manager UB) or Jankees Eekman (ICT developer) 

Learn more about 3D printing at VU Amsterdam
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The possibilities are endless. Clay nails, the death mask of Abraham Kuyper, a cross-section of a landscape, robot parts, models for an ideal study space, the campus of 100 years ago. It's all possible. Below you can see some examples of 3D printed objects, made with the 3D printers of the UB. 

Printed sperm in the lecture room

A 3D print of a four thousand year old clay nail, a tomb on the Via Appia and the wood frame of a house on the Kalverstraat.

A 3D print of Abraham Kuyper's death mask, snail semen and a clay nail